Minor & James Oncology Joins Swedish Cancer Institute

As of April 4, 2016 Dr. Sheldon Goldberg and Dr. Song Zhao have moved their practices to the Arnold Pavilion location of the Swedish Cancer Institute.

If you have any questions, please call us at 206-386-9501.

What you need to know:

  • Location: Our new address is 1221 Madison St., Arnold Pavilion, Suite 1020 Seattle, WA 98104. Map & Directions>
  • Scheduling Appointments: There is no need to reschedule your appointments. The staff will contact you if changes are needed.
  • Lab/Imaging: Swedish Cancer Institute has their own lab and imaging department. The staff should confirm with you ahead of your lab and imaging appointments whether you should go to the Swedish Cancer Institute facility or keep your appointment at another facility.
  • Parking: When visiting the Swedish Cancer Institute, located in the Arnold Medical Pavilion, park in the Madison Garage. The Madison Garage is in the Nordstrom Tower building, accessed off Madison. 
  • Billing: As part of this move, Dr. Sheldon Goldberg and Dr. Song Zhao will be moving from a “physician office” setting to a “hospital based” at the Swedish Cancer Institute.
    • In the “physician office” setting, services for the physician and overhead services are billed together. This is called a single “global” charge.
    • In a Swedish "hospital-based" setting, our patients benefit from access to facility amenities and services that are often unavailable in a physician’s office setting.

Understanding your new Swedish Patient Statement

When you see your provider in a in a hospital-based setting you can expect to receive at least two bills for services provided in the facility.

  • One bill is for physician or professional services, such as evaluation and care management. 
  • The second bill is for hospital department expenses, such as nursing and support staff, supplies, technology and treatment rooms. There may also be other provider bills, if you require services from other third-party providers (e.g., imaging).

Receiving care at Swedish’s hospital-based department locations may result in a facility fee as well as a professional or physician charge for outpatient services and/or procedures. These charges will be reflected on the patient statement you receive for services provided. Depending on a patient’s specific insurance coverage, it is possible that some patients may pay more for these services and procedures than they would in a “physician office” setting. Swedish is not unique in this regard as this is the case in many integrated health-care delivery systems across the country.

Frequently Asked Questions about Provider/Hospital-Based Department Billing:

What is a facility fee?

Swedish bills a facility fee for visits to its clinics that are considered hospital-based. This additional bill, or facility fee, is a charge to cover a portion of the expenses of hospital-based departments where enhanced specialty services are necessary.

What is a hospital-based department?

The hospital-based departments at Swedish are licensed outpatient facilities of the hospital campus. An outpatient department is a hospital department where services are provided or procedures are performed, but where the patient’s visit is of a shorter duration than an overnight hospital stay.

How will the facility fee potentially affect me?

The facility fee related to your hospital-based service may result in a higher out-of-pocket expense than if you received similar services in a private physician office. This is because you may have a co-pay, or a deductible amount responsibility, for each of the bills. It is important to check with your insurance company to find out the patient responsibility percentage for a facility fee in a hospital-based department. Some insurance plans have different payment rates and policy benefits for facility vs. physician office charges.
  • Medicaid: If you have Medicaid you will not be billed for a patient balance.
  • Medicare: If you have Medicare, you may have higher out-of-pocket cost in a hospital-based clinic setting than in a private physician office where services and professional fees are bundled in a single claim.
  • Other insurance: It is important to contact your insurance company to find out the patient responsibility percentage for a facility fee in a hospital-based clinic. It may be that the amount is the same as a private physician office. This varies from plan to plan.

Where can I receive further information?

For questions regarding a facility charge on your billing statement, possible financial assistance or payment plans options, call 206-320-5300.