1) Why should we see you?
I have many years of experience in pediatrics, extra years studying pharmacy (Master’s degree), am a mother myself, and I keep up to date, attending medical conferences every year, and reading the latest research every day. I keep my practice small, so I can give my patients the time they need. I have time to answer questions, explain, teach, learn, and have fun. I personalize each patient’s care, because I have time to get to know them and their medical history. The office I work in is relatively small, so my patients can get same day appointments, and have only a short stay in the waiting room. I use email for non urgent matters and take all my own call at Miracle Mile Pediatrics, so if you have any urgent questions in the evenings or on weekends, I am just a phone call away.
2) What services do you provide?
I provide all regular services offered at an outpatient general pediatrician practice. This includes regular well check exams for infants, children, and adolescents through college, sports clearance exams, surgery clearance exams, same day sick visits, chronic medical problem management and coordination, basic tests for well and sick visits (e.g. hemoglobin or rapid strep swab), and medications that may need to be given in the office (e.g. albuterol or ceftriaxone).
3) Which insurance plans do you take?
Miracle Mile Pediatrics accepts most major PPOs, including Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Healthnet, Oscar, and Motion Picture. To be sure you are covered, you must ask your insurance if “Monica Asnani” is an in network provider within your plan, since our office can only check that your plan is active, and not if you have an “exclusive plan” (which is a misnomer, where they exclude many physicians from being covered). You can also call and speak to our office manager Irma at 323-938-7294 for more information.
We do not take any HMO plans or Medicare/MediCal. If you have one of these plans, you may be seen on a cash basis. Please call and speak to the office manager about prices.
4) Where can I see you, and when?
I see newborn babies and hospitalized patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. If you give birth there, just tell the person checking you in that Dr. Shaham is your pediatrician and they will call me. If you give birth at another hospital or birthing center, ask the pediatrician who sees the baby there when you should follow up with your pediatrician. It is usually about 2 days after discharge from the hospital. Then just call our office during regular business hours for an appointment. Please come in sooner if there are any concerns.
I am at Miracle Mile Pediatrics, 6221 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 215, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Monday through Friday. Dr. Asnani and Dr. Pang will see my patients if I am not in. We also offer video conferencing visits for some problems, so if you have a webcam and app, and an issue that can be resolved by video, you can bee seen from the comfort of your own home, with a video appointment. For those appointments you still need to reserve a time with my secretary, so please call 323-938-7294. For more information check out www.miraclemilepediatrics.com.
5) What do I need to do before the first appointment?
It would be helpful to have your child’s medical records transferred before the first appointment, so that I can review them. If you can’t have all the records sent over in time, please fax or mail the vaccine records. Any records you send ahead of time will be very helpful, so I can review them before your appointment ane be prepared.
6) How do I transfer records between my old pediatrician and you?
Complete medical records require a signature for moving over (due to HIPPAA) and there is a cost to print, copy, and mail the records (as per California law). Ask the administrative assistants at your old office for the form to sign to transfer records, or we can have you complete a form in our office and fax it for you.
7) What is the full contact information for your new office?
Miracle Mile Pediatrics
6221 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 215
Los Angeles, CA 90048
8) What about e-mail?
I can be reached at CigalMD@yahoo.com for non-urgent issues with which you don’t mind being on an open (yahoo) platform. You can also email me via Cedars at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child is sick, or has an urgent issue, please call the office to speak to me directly. If you have a school form or other office related matter, please email the office directly at email@example.com. Please include your child’s name and date of birth in the email, as well as a phone number where I can reach you, in case a follow-up call is needed. Thanks to everyone in advance for not abusing this privilege.
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