Neurology of Central Georgia
175 Water Tower Court, Macon GA 31210 ~~~ Ph (478) 471-6217 ~~~ Fax (478) 471-8663
Our office now offers Covid-19 Antibody testing thru LabCorp. If you are an active patient in our practice, please contact our office for details.
Our office does NOT charge for the test. LabCorp will perform the full panel (IgM, IgG, and IgA). As of May 8, 2020, they have informed us that they will NOT collect any money at the time of testing. They will file with your insurance first, and then bill you for any remaining balance. Please contact LabCorp for their current, updated policy.
NOTE: Although there is widespread fear due to the Corona Virus (Covid-19), our office and Infusion Center remain open.
We are taking some common sense precautions.
If you have : (1) Fever, or (2) Cough, or (3) Shortness of Breath, PLEASE RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT.
When you come to the office, we are also implementing a “No Hands” policy. We will cordially acknowledge each other visually, and we will NOT shake hands to greet each other upon meeting and upon departing.
We thank you in advance for adhering to these common sense measures.
Full Neurological Services
One Convenient Location
We offer the full breadth of neurological services, including consultations, neuro-diagnostic testing, and infusion therapy — all under one roof, in one convenient location, in North Macon.
- We are the premier office for full neurological services.
- Dr. Athni has multiple degrees in multiple disciplines.
- Fully USA trained: Grade School –> College –> Medical School –> Residency
- Dr. Athni is Board Certified by the Am. Board of Neurology & Psychiatry.
Accreditation and Affiliation
- President of Georgia Neurological Society
- Assistant Clinical Professor @ Medical College of GA
- Board Certified by the American Board of Neurology & Psychiatry (ABPN)
- Board Eligible in Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Sleep Medicine (ABSM)
- Diagnostic Lab is Accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR)
Mon: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tues: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Wed: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thurs: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Fri: 8:30 am to 12 Noon
Weekends – Closed
Holidays – Closed
Welcome To Our Office !
- Our office will provide a full range of Neurological services, including Neurological Evaluations and Consultations, Independent Medical Examinations (i.e. IME), Work Injury Evaluations, EMG/NCS, Records Review, EEG interpretations, and Sleep Studies, to name a few.
- We also offer Comprehensive Diagnostic Testing, Therapeutic Botox, and the full range of treatment options for your neurological condition.
- We also offer state of the art, “Hi-Tech” neurological treatment options, including Deep Brain Stimulation and Vagal Nerve Stimulation.
- We are involved in few research trials. If you qualify for one of these trials, you may be eligible for research medications through our office.
- If you are a new patient to our practice, please spend a few moments browsing the various pages published on this web site.
- We would also encourage you to consider downloading a pre-registration packet, as well as reviewing our insurance and payment policy under the “Insurance Information” section.
- If a service is not listed, please call our office and speak to our office manager
Most Commonly Viewed Pages
Directions to Office
- We are located in North Macon, near Coliseum Northside Hospital.
- We are near the Museum of Arts & Sciences (which is on Forsyth Road).
- We are about 1/2 mile south of Wesleyan College
- We are approximately 3 miles north of downtown Macon, and approximately 20 miles from the WR Air Force Base.
- We are directly behind the “Prado” shopping plaza on Forsyth Road.
- We are directly behind the large “water tower”, visible from Forsyth Road.
- We are “down the street” from Pine-Gate Nursing Home and the Wesleyan Animal Hospital
Information for New Patients
When should I come to the appointment?
- We request ALL new patients to arrive at the office at least 1 hour BEFORE their scheduled appointment. After you fill out the required paperwork, the office staff needs to enter all the information into our computer system before you can be seen by the physician.
- Arriving early will ensure that all paperwork and computer entry issues are completed before your scheduled appointment time. Otherwise, your consultation time will be delayed.
What paperwork will I have to fill out?
- You will be asked to fill out a “Registration” form, and a “Medical History” form.
- To minimize your office wait time, you may wish to download all the necessary registration forms, and bring the completed forms with you.
What should I bring to the office?
- To make the registration process easier, please bring ALL your medications with you. Also, bring your insurance card and your drivers license for identification purposes. We will make copies of these cards.
- If you have had any MRI scans, CT Scans, or any other X-rays which might be relevant to your condition, please bring the ACTUAL FILMS or CD and official reports with you on your visit.
- Please do NOT drop off the films at the office prior to your visit.
Identification and Insurance Cards
- You must bring your current insurance card, as well as a valid government issued picture ID, such as your driver’s license, your passport, a state-issued-ID, etc.
- Per federal insurance laws, we must verify the identification of the patient. We will make copies of the insurance card and your picture ID. Without proof of insurance coverage or valid picture ID, we will not be able to see you as a patient.
What notes do we need before your office visit?
- You MUST make sure any and all relevant office notes from your primary care physician (PCP) are faxed or mailed to our office prior to your visit.
- If you have previously seen a different Neurologist, we must be forwarded all those notes before an appointment can be made.
If you are a minor, or if you are a student…
- If you are less than 18 years old or if you are still a student, you MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Who will be allowed into the exam room?
- If you are an adult, then only the patient and immediate next of kin, will be allowed into the exam room (unless another family member is needed for medical reasons).
- If you have small children, PLEASE make other arrangements for them, as they will NOT be allowed into the exam room.
What about my medications?
- Please bring ALL you medications to the office. Depending on the situation, Dr. Athni may want to see the actual meds.
Who will be taking the medical history?
- Our office does NOT use a “Physician Assistant” or a “Nurse Practitioners”.
Dr. Athni will personally take a detailed medical history and performing the detailed Neurological examination.
- PLEASE NOTE: Although you will have filled out the registration forms, Dr. Athni will be re-asking many questions about your “past medical history” in great detail.
- Your visit will be a comprehensive one. Please do not expect Dr. Athni to just “read the old notes”. He will expect you to answer all questions in full detail.
Consent – Who Can Accompany Patient Into Exam Room
- If you are being seen thru Worker’s Comp, we will only allow the patient in the exam room. If a NCM or Adjustor wants to meet with Dr. Athni, they will need to schedule a separate appointment with the front office.
- If you are an adult and are being seen thru your private insurance or Medicare or Tricare, we will allow your spouse into the exam room.
- BUT, for anyone else, we will need a Medical Power-of-Attorney (Medical POA) or a Notorized letter stating the third-party is allowed to be involved in the patient’s care. This would include friends or a parent of a patient or an adult child of a patient.
- This is a standard practice in Psychiatric offices. Although we are not treating Psychiatric illnesses, many of our patients have cognitive issues. To make sure decisions are being made in the best interest of the patient, we require such a POA. Even if you do not have any issues which involve your cognitive abilities, we have one policy for all patients.
- We hope you understand the rationale for this policy. We are merely trying to make sure unauthorized people (who may not have the patient’s best interest) are not involved in medical decisions.
- We are a “referral only” office. We require a referral from your primary care physician.
- As soon as our office receives your referral, we will first verify your insurance benefits to make sure we are part of your insurance network. (Please look at “Insurance Networks” on the web site to see our network affiliation.)
- We request you forward a copy of your medical records prior to scheduling your initial appointment. We will review your medical records before an appointment is given. We reserve the right to NOT schedule an appointment – after reviewing your medical records, we may decide we will not be able to participate in your medical care.
- Our office staff will then contact you directly to schedule the initial appointment.
- We try to see patients within 2 weeks of receiving the referral.
- We normally see new patients Monday mornings or Thursday afternoons
- We will try to accommodate your personal / work schedule to minimize any inconvenience.
- If the appointment involves a Work-Comp issue, we must obtain a written approval from the WC adjuster prior to scheduling the appointment.
- We request ALL new patients to arrive at the office at least 1 hour BEFORE their scheduled appointment.
- This will ensure that all paperwork issues are completed before your scheduled appointment time. Otherwise, your consultation time will be delayed.
If you are a Work Injury or IME patient – No payment is required at time of office visit
- If you are being seen as an authorized Work Injury patient or as an authorized IME, you will NOT be asked to pay anything. All your bills will be handled through your Worker’s Compensation Insurance Company or your attorney.
What is your payment if you have Medicare?
- If Medicare is your primary insurance, then we expect 20 percent of your “Medicare allowable charges” and any deductible required for the calendar year.
- Per federal regulations, the Medicare deductible for calendar year 2020 is $198.
What is your payment if you have commercial (PPO or HMO) insurance?
- We will typically verify your insurance before you arrive at our office.
- If we are a “participating provider” for your insurance plan, then we will only collect the co-pay (either a set dollar amount or percentage).
- You may also be asked to pay any deductible that may not have been met for the calendar year.
What if we are NOT in your insurance network?
- If we are not in your insurance network, you may be asked to pay your bill in-full.
Please discuss this with our office manager prior to your office visit.
What if you have NO insurance?
- If you are a NEW patient without a valid verifiable insurance, we will NOT be able to see you as a patient
- If you are an existing patient and have lost your insurance or we are no longer in your insurance network, then we expect full payment at the time of service.
- We will verify your insurance PRIOR to your office visit.
- This verification will inform us of your insurance contract stipulations, including any co-pays you are required to pay.
WHEN to Pay:
- We expect payment at the time of service.
TYPE of Payment:
- Our office prefers cash or credit card (MC, Visa, Discover, and Amex).
- You may also pay On-Line thru this web site. We offer a Secure Payment process, powered by Pay-Pal.
- Due to the high number of “bounced checks”, we do NOT accept checks as a form of payment.
If you are receiving Ocrevus, Lemtrada, Gilenya, Mayzent, Mavenclad, or Rituxan, please make an appointment with Dr. Athni to discuss your individual situation. For all other medications, including IVIG, Tysabri, Tecfidera, Aubagio, Copaxone, Avonex, Betaseron, Rebif, and Plegridy, Dr. Athni feels it should be safe to continue with your various neuro-medications.
If you are receiving Ocrevus, Lemtrada, Gilenya, Mayzent, Mavenclad, or Rituxan, please make an appointment with Dr. Athni to discuss your individual situation.
For all other medications, including IVIG, Tysabri, Tecfidera, Aubagio, Copaxone, Avonex, Betaseron, Rebif, and Plegridy, Dr. Athni feels it should be safe to continue with your various neuro-medications.