miche

Cookeville, TN

#42 Aug 26, 2011
So far, I really like Satellite Med.
Not good

Manchester, TN

#43 Sep 26, 2011
Filed complaint with Tn med board due to physician misconduct. Time will tell if the state takes our claim seriously. Besides this their staff or process led to a lot of miscommunicaton, delays and generally a bad experience. Due to the nature of the claim I will not go into it here until the state investigation is complete. I think they got to big for their capacity... Led to long waits and poor service. There are other clinics in town.
fcnp

Crossville, TN

#45 Sep 26, 2011
Linda Baker FNCP violates every patient law there is. Yeah, she's the one with bad skin and looks like a drug head. Enjoys treating patients like crap and thinks she's a doctor. Get in line if you filed a complaint on her because there are dozens of them.
Good Grief

Cookeville, TN

#46 Oct 2, 2011
There are so many ridiculous comments on here regarding this topic. First of all, just like any business, medical offices should be paid for there services and if it means you finance thru some other means and/or skip some life luxurys (cell phones, internet, or high dollar purses) whatever is necessary to be accountable for services you expect to receive when you need them. Staff of medical practices spend endless time researching overdue accounts, making phone calls to people who know they owe the fees and getting treated badly for pursing what is owed. I realize sometimes payment plans are sometimes necessary... but it's certainly a courtesy.. but usually expected rather than appreciated. The electric company, water company among other places, even Wal-mart do not offer this courtesy. And your car repairman will happily hold your car hostage until they are paid.
As far as NPs and PAs, they have extensive education in the field - almost as much as the physician and are usually under direct supervision of MDs. There are good and less than good ones just as physicians. But we must all remember, these people are making educated guesses. They don't have a crystal ball. They go by symptoms and don't jump on the worst case scenario out of the gate. They generally choose the most common answer, and if symptoms persist, they go further. There is no way to make everyone happy. And there would be someone griping and throwing a fit if they were sent for extensive tests that cost a mere fortune, just to find out their headache was a migraine, to only be treated with the best meds out there for that problem. If someone is complaining of stomach pain... my gosh, that could be a whole realm of things -- anywhere from something real simple to something real serious. Really ??? You think a MD, DO, NP, PA should have pegged it first trip ?? Or send you for expensive tests and just so happens "good thing they did".. or you're mad because you had gas ! And now have even a more huge bill to pay.
CareCredit is a wonderful financial plan that anyone can sign up for and generally most will qualify. It can only be used for medical/dental expenses, etc.. assuming your doctor/dentist is set up to accept it. They have "same as cash" opportunities, i.e. 12 months same as cash, paying no interest unless you do not get it paid off in the amount of time you financed for.
I don't know a lot about Satellite Med but know they do have some wonderful docs, they pay their staff minimum -- which means they may not have the cream of the crop - but then again, it's difficult to find sharp people who want to work. Regardless of anyone's opinion of the lifestyle physicians live and for whatever reason want to use that as an excuse to not want to pay them, I don't see anyone refusing to pay Wal-mart when we all know that someone there is getting rich.... so no one should ditch their own accountablity for payment any more than they do any other service they need. It's life.
p.s. It's against the law to charge differently for the same services regardless of insurance or no insurance. Charges are the same across the board. If they are contracted with your insurance, you may receive a discount according to that contract. And if you have no insurance, those discounts have to be accounted for and allocated in case of audits. If it appears an office is giving YOU a better deal for the same service than someone with insurance, trouble can arise.
So little is really known or understood by the general public on these subjects, but it doesn't stop people from pretending they know what they're talking about.
Wow

United States

#47 Oct 14, 2011
so not into this wrote:
Been going to satellite med for the past year. Our deductible is $8000 and insurance pays nothing till its paid. Every time we go in, they charge us the full price, not cutting us a break and wanting cash up front. Now I get a bill (why I don't know since I've been paying in full for every visit). So I go to call and make payment arrangements and they tell me that my terms are unacceptable. I'm off their "required" monthly payment by $5!! I've been paying every medical provider that we've seen this year with no problems and these people want to give me a hard time. I guess what bothers me soooo much about the whole thing is their claim to Christianity. I'm all about making a buck, but how is it that every other medical provider is so willing to work with you and these guys just give me a hard time every time I'm in contact with them! Not to mention that their office staff is the worst ever. Good doctors, but it's not enough for me anymore. Any suggestions on where one could go and get better office help who are willing to work with peeps? I have a daughter with diabetes and our medical expenses are through the roof. Our prescriptions alone average $700 a month which we've had to pay in full all year till the deductible was met! Not to mention doctors visits, etc. Satellite Med could care less -
I have been going to satellite med since 2009 and they have been more than nice to me and my family. Funny thing how when something doesnt go certain peoples way they got to go try and drag christianity in to it. remember folks being a christian does not make you perfect but it shore paints a target on your back. This situation has nothing to do with wether or not they as christians how would you feel if your noises came to you at the end of the week and offered you partial pay! Don't drag christianity into this. Remember the bible says you will be judged as you judge.
Not a doc

Cookeville, TN

#48 Oct 14, 2011
Good Grief wrote:
There are so many ridiculous comments on here regarding this topic. First of all, just like any business, medical offices should be paid for there services and if it means you finance thru some other means and/or skip some life luxurys (cell phones, internet, or high dollar purses) whatever is necessary to be accountable for services you expect to receive when you need them. Staff of medical practices spend endless time researching overdue accounts, making phone calls to people who know they owe the fees and getting treated badly for pursing what is owed. I realize sometimes payment plans are sometimes necessary... but it's certainly a courtesy.. but usually expected rather than appreciated. The electric company, water company among other places, even Wal-mart do not offer this courtesy. And your car repairman will happily hold your car hostage until they are paid.
As far as NPs and PAs, they have extensive education in the field - almost as much as the physician and are usually under direct supervision of MDs. There are good and less than good ones just as physicians. But we must all remember, these people are making educated guesses. They don't have a crystal ball. They go by symptoms and don't jump on the worst case scenario out of the gate. They generally choose the most common answer, and if symptoms persist, they go further. There is no way to make everyone happy. And there would be someone griping and throwing a fit if they were sent for extensive tests that cost a mere fortune, just to find out their headache was a migraine, to only be treated with the best meds out there for that problem. If someone is complaining of stomach pain... my gosh, that could be a whole realm of things -- anywhere from something real simple to something real serious. Really ??? You think a MD, DO, NP, PA should have pegged it first trip ?? Or send you for expensive tests and just so happens "good thing they did".. or you're mad because you had gas ! And now have even a more huge bill to pay.
CareCredit is a wonderful financial plan that anyone can sign up for and generally most will qualify. It can only be used for medical/dental expenses, etc.. assuming your doctor/dentist is set up to accept it. They have "same as cash" opportunities, i.e. 12 months same as cash, paying no interest unless you do not get it paid off in the amount of time you financed for.
I don't know a lot about Satellite Med but know they do have some wonderful docs, they pay their staff minimum -- which means they may not have the cream of the crop - but then again, it's difficult to find sharp people who want to work. Regardless of anyone's opinion of the lifestyle physicians live and for whatever reason want to use that as an excuse to not want to pay them, I don't see anyone refusing to pay Wal-mart when we all know that someone there is getting rich.... so no one should ditch their own accountablity for payment any more than they do any other service they need. It's life.
p.s. It's against the law to charge differently for the same services regardless of insurance or no insurance. Charges are the same across the board. If they are contracted with your insurance, you may receive a discount according to that contract. And if you have no insurance, those discounts have to be accounted for and allocated in case of audits. If it appears an office is giving YOU a better deal for the same service than someone with insurance, trouble can arise.
So little is really known or understood by the general public on these subjects, but it doesn't stop people from pretending they know what they're talking about.
Write much? Dam!!!!!!!!!
Righton

Cookeville, TN

#49 Oct 15, 2011
justme wrote:
I don't think Med Vance is turning out too many physicians.
And remember folks- you get what you pay for!
aint that the truth
onehundred

Cookeville, TN

#50 Oct 15, 2011
Crazy wrote:
In this topic: People who don't understand the difference between Physician and Physician ASSISTANT.
very true
pasing

Cookeville, TN

#51 Oct 16, 2011
that place is a crack
depends

Cookeville, TN

#52 Oct 16, 2011
if you have a good visit or a bad visit it really all depends on the crew thats working etc.
bibbs

Cookeville, TN

#53 Oct 17, 2011
Good Grief wrote:
There are so many ridiculous comments on here. First of all, just like any business, medical offices should be paid for there services and if it means you finance thru some other means and/or skip some life luxurys whatever is necessary to be accountable for services you expect to receive when you need them.Staff of medical practices spend endless time researching overdue accounts, making phone calls to people who know they owe the fees and getting treated badly for pursing what is owed. I realize sometimes payment plans are sometimes necessary... but it's certainly a courtesy.. but usually expected rather than appreciated. The electric company, water company among other places, even Wal-mart do not offer this courtesy. And your car repairman will happily hold your car hostage until they are paid.As far as NPs and PAs, they have extensive education in the field - almost as much as the physician and are usually under direct supervision of MDs. There are good and less than good ones just as physicians. But we must all remember, these people are making educated guesses. They don't have a crystal ball. They go by symptoms and don't jump on the worst case scenario out of the gate. They generally choose the most common answer, and if symptoms persist, they go further. There is no way to make everyone happy. And there would be someone griping and throwing a fit if they were sent for extensive tests that cost a mere fortune, just to find out their headache was a migraine, to only be treated with the best meds out there for that problem. If someone is complaining of stomach pain... my gosh, that could be a whole realm of things -- anywhere from something real simple to something real serious. Really ??? You think a MD, DO, NP, PA should have pegged it first trip ?? Or send you for expensive tests and just so happens "good thing they did".. or you're mad because you had gas ! And now have even a more huge bill to pay.
CareCredit is a wonderful financial plan that anyone can sign up for and generally most will qualify. It can only be used for medical/dental expenses, etc.. assuming your doctor/dentist is set up to accept it. They have "same as cash" opportunities, i.e. 12 months same as cash, paying no interest unless you do not get it paid off in the amount of time you financed for.
I don't know a lot about Satellite Med but know they do have some wonderful docs, they pay their staff minimum -- which means they may not have the cream of the crop - but then again, it's difficult to find sharp people who want to work. Regardless of anyone's opinion of the lifestyle physicians live and for whatever reason want to use that as an excuse to not want to pay them, I don't see anyone refusing to pay Wal-mart when we all know that someone there is getting rich.... so no one should ditch their own accountablity for payment any more than they do any other service they need. It's life.It's against the law to charge differently for the same services regardless of insurance or no insurance. Charges are the same across the board. If they are contracted with your insurance, you may receive a discount according to that contract. And if you have no ins, those discounts have to be accounted for and allocated in case of audits.If it appears an office is giving YOU a better deal for the same service than someone with insurance,trouble can arise.So little is really known or understood by the general public on these subjects,but it doesn't stop people from pretending they know what they're talking about.
Yes there are ridiculous comments on this thread and yours are among them.People can control to some degree what they spend for food and elec.They can't control getting ill nor can they control how they are charged for med. services.Credit can help some people.However,it doesn't help to owe a credit comp instead of a dr. if you have no money.Either way it is a hardship and may lead to bankruptcy.This is bad for overall econonmy.
bestvaule

Lafayette, TN

#54 Jul 12, 2012
Went to Satellite Med the first time after been released from White County Hospital (Sparta), Very high blood pressure (which I had been admidit for)
The Doctors and staff were just great. was there all day until they got my pressure uncontrol. Also
suffered a dog bite, which turned in to Mersa, again on this visit they took great care and got the problem solved. The purpose of this medical office is to keep cost low so people who don't have
health ins. can afford to be treated!! So if you have ins. then go somewhere else! or pay up and keep quiet! Lived other places, where they do not offer medical care for uninsured. this is a great concept and I am sorry for the ones who just don't
get it. Best affordale medical care ever!!!!
Cult_h8r

Columbia, TN

#55 Sep 28, 2012
bestvaule wrote:
Went to Satellite Med the first time after been released from White County Hospital (Sparta), Very high blood pressure (which I had been admidit for)
The Doctors and staff were just great. was there all day until they got my pressure uncontrol. Also
suffered a dog bite, which turned in to Mersa, again on this visit they took great care and got the problem solved. The purpose of this medical office is to keep cost low so people who don't have
health ins. can afford to be treated!! So if you have ins. then go somewhere else! or pay up and keep quiet! Lived other places, where they do not offer medical care for uninsured. this is a great concept and I am sorry for the ones who just don't
get it. Best affordale medical care ever!!!!
I'm with you here. Most of these dumb rednecks on here don't understand what Dr. Cates and the others are trying to do here. They are trying to bring healthcare to the people that cant afford it. Most places around here won't even let you register if you don't have insurance, and the other "urgent care" clinics are so full of retarded pill seekers and illegal immigrants that you can barely get in to see a doc.

And to all of you dumbasses out here that think that you are "too good" to be seen by a nurse practitioner, think on this. Doctors do not start out as doctors, they were nurse practitioners at one time. Do a little research before you spread your idiocracy around the community.

SatMed is not perfect, but they bring a little something back to healthcare that has been missing for some time now. I'd bet that the haters probably didn't get the diagnosis that WEBMD gave them, so they think they know more than the professionals. haha
Smell my finger

Mauldin, SC

#56 Sep 28, 2012
Do they do vasectomy
try

Cookeville, TN

#57 Oct 2, 2012
miche wrote:
So far, I really like Satellite Med.
me too
well

Cookeville, TN

#58 Oct 2, 2012
someone said they had closed??
hgydrfthjf

Crossville, TN

#59 Apr 4, 2013
Surprised wrote:
I didn't even think Satellite took insurance. I have always been required to pay at the time of service. It's been a while since I was there, but have they changed their policy?
They accept insurance. They do NOT accept government insurance because it doesn't cover their expenses and the paperwork and nit-pickyness that comes with filing claims for government insurance isn't worth the time and effort and ultimately causes prices to go up and quality of service to go down for everybody.
hgydrfthjf

Crossville, TN

#60 Apr 4, 2013
bibbs wrote:
<quoted text>Yes there are ridiculous comments on this thread and yours are among them.People can control to some degree what they spend for food and elec.They can't control getting ill nor can they control how they are charged for med. services.Credit can help some people.However,it doesn't help to owe a credit comp instead of a dr. if you have no money.Either way it is a hardship and may lead to bankruptcy.This is bad for overall econonmy.
Credit cards are not evil. Responsible people don't dig themselves into massive financial holes with them. I've been using a credit cards for everything from groceries to medical expenses and my credit score is pristine because I know how to manage my money and pay the bills.

People don't have time to stand around and collect $5 payments on $500 bills. When you're seeing a couple hundred patients per month, all of that adds up. The world doesn't magically stop so you can spend eight years paying off your debt. The person you're paying still has bills of their own to take care of and payroll to fund. Do you really think medical supply companies and employees are going to go "Oh. All of your patients are on bare-minimum payment plans so you don't have the money to pay us right now? That's okay. Just make sure you send our money to us sometime within the next century."
TN Girl

Cookeville, TN

#61 Apr 4, 2013
Cult_h8r wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm with you here. Most of these dumb rednecks on here don't understand what Dr. Cates and the others are trying to do here. They are trying to bring healthcare to the people that cant afford it. Most places around here won't even let you register if you don't have insurance, and the other "urgent care" clinics are so full of retarded pill seekers and illegal immigrants that you can barely get in to see a doc.
And to all of you dumbasses out here that think that you are "too good" to be seen by a nurse practitioner, think on this. Doctors do not start out as doctors, they were nurse practitioners at one time. Do a little research before you spread your idiocracy around the community.
SatMed is not perfect, but they bring a little something back to healthcare that has been missing for some time now. I'd bet that the haters probably didn't get the diagnosis that WEBMD gave them, so they think they know more than the professionals. haha
So.... Doctors were nurse practitioners huh? Wow, that's news to me. Maybe u should do a little research.
Kay

Charlotte, NC

#62 Apr 5, 2013
F&# IT

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