Dr. Anna Rosinska Of Body Focus Laser & Longevity Center In Midland Texas

Dr. Anna Rosinska Board Certified Physician Midland, TexasOA dermatologist from Poland, Dr. Anna Rosinskas aesthetic practice also offers medical weight loss and wellness medicine in Texas.

Name: Anna Rosinska
Clinic: Body Focus Laser & Longevity Center
Location: Midland, TX

Personally, I’m most interested in integrative medicine, which is the combination of traditional medical therapy with complimentary natural components that address each patient in a holistic way.

That's interesting: Dr.Rosinska was voted a Silver Medalist in Midland’s Top 100 Businesses and Personalities in category for Midland’s Favorite Physician in Year 2008. Dr.Rosinska was also voted a Gold and Silver Medalist in Midland’s Top 100 for 2009 (Best Physician and Weight Loss Clinic) and Silver Medalist in Weight Loss Clinic category in 2010 .

Can you tell us a little bit about how your interest grew in cosmetic medicine?

I always had an interest in weight loss and as one of the very few female physicians at that time in our area I had huge female patient population. My ladies were frequently complaining about

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Care Credit Tightening Their Belt

Well, here we go again! Care Credit is trimming the fat again cutting available financing funds to anyone who is not a dermatologist or plastic surgeon (when it comes to non-dental aesthetic procedures). First they limited non-core physicians who didn't meet certain practice criteria, now this!

Awhile back I posted on Care Credit and a follow up post on the difficulties we have been experiencing when trying to obtain financing for our patients. A good friend and colleague, Dr. Alex Covey tipped me off with an email that he received a letter limiting available funds to only $3,000. Your patient can be approved for $8,000, but can only spend $3,000 of it at your practice. This is totally not conducive to a practice such as ours when 80-90% of what we do is laser lipo, ultrasound lipo or water-jet lipo. Sure enough, we received the letter (note both of our practices are owned and operated by internists performing 100% aesthetic procedures, 100% of the time, and on-site 100% of the time).

The only way we can be reinstated is if our physician becomes a Fellow of an organization who, unfortunately, will not accept an Internist as a Fellow to begin with.

After arguing and pleading our case extensively with the folks at Care Credit, their criteria is set in stone always quoting their higher up corporate folks as the culprits. Perhaps their decision makers are in bed with RealSelf (sorry, I still hold a grudge there too)? Regardless, it's hugely discriminatory and insulting.

Not that we're not used to blows like this in our highly competitive industry, but it just gets exhausting to have to keep dodging roadblocks that are continually put in our way for absolutely no valid reason whatsoever.

So, anyone know a good finance company that's "color blind"?

Care Credit - No Longer Practicing Medicine


I was included in an email from a fellow MAPA member yesterday with some urgency regarding Care Credit ceasing to do service with their medical spa.

This physician was to the understanding that Care Credit is suspending its services to any practitioner who is not a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, cosmetic dentist or veterinarian.

Immediately my stomach got tied up in knots as I thought “here we go again... another RealSelf debacle!”. I decided to get that facts for myself being that our practice is a non-plastic, non-derm facility.

During the call I found out that this rumor is partially true in the fact that Care Credit is suspending services to facilities that:

  1. Do not have a physician on site approximately 60-70% of the time.

  2. To physicians who are primarily medical directors that mostly travel between facilities.

  3. To practices that do not have at least 60-70% of their services being cosmetic in nature.

  4. Practices that perform medical care, critical care, fertility services, long term care, pain management and weight loss services that occupy the majority of services in their practice.

  5. To physicians who do not perform at least 60-70% of those cosmetic procedures themselves.

In talking with the customer service rep, she said they have made this decision to "consolidate their strategic image" and they are not “singling out” any specific specialty. She said their main decision to decline some accounts is because they don't want to stand in the way of a medical patient receiving experimental care, or a procedure that an insurance company won’t pay for that is considered medical in nature. Although not deemed “medical” in nature, per se, fertility clinics are also being denied services. In discussing the board certification requirements, I could not get a clear and decisive answer other than physicians need to be board certified. Period.

She also told me that she could tell by our account number (the 4 digits in the center) that our account with them was initially set up as a cosmetic practice and not internal medicine. Those identifying numbers is what triggered letters to go out to certain practices and not others.

She went on to say that if anyone feels they do 60% or more cosmetic services, and the doctor is on site and performs at least 60 % of those services, they can call to dispute.

So, to clear things up for those of you who are uncertain as to your status, I asked for a copy of the letter that went out and I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. Here’s the crucial part of the letter:

“GE Money Bank continuously reviews our portfolio and lending criteria to anticipate and respond to market conditions, consumer needs, and strategic fit.

Upon review of our portfolio, we have determined that we will be limiting our lending partnerships in the cosmetic market to Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Facial Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, and a small number of other Board Certified specialties performing cosmetic surgery.”

I have also heard rumors that Chase Health Advance is, or will be, taking similar action. My closing thought is, if you didn’t get a letter, then chances are you have not been rejected.

Author: Paula D. Young RN runs internal operations and training at Young Medical Spa and is the author of the Medical Spa Aesthetics Course, Study Guide, and Advanced IPL & Laser Training course for medical estheticians and laser technicians.

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