Billing FAQs

What does my bill include?

Your bill from Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI) includes the technical portion of the exam and the professional portion of the exam in a convenient single charge.

What are my options for payment?

We appreciate your prompt payment and offer a discount for bills in full (call our office for details). AMI also accepts monthly payment plans. We'll help you set up a plan that works within your budget.
For your convenience, we accept major credit cards and can take payment over the phone.
There are also other options if you are having difficulty paying your bill. Please let us know if this is the case and we will work with you.

Do I need to get pre-authorization?

Certain insurance companies require some procedures to be pre-authorized prior to your appointment. Your doctor may assist you with this. It is advisable to check with your insurance carrier to see if pre-authorization is required. If you have questions about this process, please call 414-5200 and we will be happy to assist you or your physician. If the procedure was not pre-authorized by your physician and your insurance company denies payment, you will be responsible for the bill.

Is AMI a provider with my insurance?

Advanced Medical Imaging is contracted with the following insurance companies; Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, New West Health, Allegiance, Tricare.
We will help file claims for other insurance plans as well.

Where is your billing office?

Our address is 925 Highland Blvd - Suite 1180. It is located at the junction of the 1st level hospital hallway and Highland Park 4, where the tile meets the carpet.

How often will my insurance pay for a mammogram?

A Medicare patient may get a screening mammogram every 12 months. If you are not covered by Medicare, please check with your insurer.
Please note that a diagnostic mammogram typically falls under your medical deductible and plan allowance. A screening mammogram usually falls under the wellness benefits of your plan. Also note that nearly all mammograms include an additional procedure called a Computer Aided Diagnostic (CAD) to aid the radiologist in reading the mammogram.

Why am I being billed for a procedure different than what my doctor ordered?

The radiologist, working in consult with your physician, ultimately determines the best sequences that are beneficial for specific diagnoses. This includes using or not using contrast materials to enhance the visual aspect of the procedure, or adding an anatomical section to aid the radiologist in their diagnosis. Our radiologists follow national published guidelines and imaging protocols established by the American College of Radiology.

What if multiple studies are performed at the same time?

Occasionally, multiple studies are requested during the same visit. An order for a CT of the Chest, Abdomen, and pelvis, for example, would result in three separate charges.

Who can help me understand my bill?

You can contact our billing office at 587-8631 to help explain your bill. A friend or family member can call us, but we would require your authorization to freely talk about the procedures.
You can also call the Montana Insurance Commission with the State Auditor at 1-800-332-6148.

How do you determine your fees/charges?

We follow national and regional guidelines when setting our fees. Your insurance company may establish a fee that they believe is "reasonable and customary," however it may not reflect charges in our area.