Yes. Medical insurance is needed to cover emergencies, such as hospitalization following a stroke or heart attack, as well as surgeries. It can also be used for imaging, labs and prescription drugs if I can’t get a better price through my vendors. I like the comparison of using your medical insurance like car insurance. The latter would not be used to cover oil changes or other maintenance fees, but is needed in the event of a major car accident.
No. Like most DPC practices, I don’t bill or participate in any private or public insurance plans. This is an important component to DPC. By not accepting insurance, I have freed myself from hours of busy clerical work imposed on physicians by insurance companies. This translates to more time with my patients face to face -NOT with my face glued to the computer screen checking boxes for insurance bureaucrats. It also means no more red tape when I want to order a test or medication that the insurance company ultimately denies because they don’t want to pay for it. In DPC, the relationship is between the physician and patient only. We make decisions together regarding the best plan of care for you. We eliminate the useless middleman.
No. I provide medical care to members only at this time. This ensures that my patients are the priority and keeps same/next day appointments available for them.
No. DPC prides itself on price transparency. Most primary care services are included with your monthly membership. Additional services are listed under Services & Prices tab.
I will be available for in-office appointments Monday-Thursday with flexible hours. Email, phone or video visits are also available when appropriate (when a physical exam is not needed). I will be available via text, email and phone even after normal business hours for urgent matters.
Yes. I do not accept walk-ins, as I will not always be in the office. Members will have access to me via email, text and phone to schedule appointments. Same and next day appointments will be available for acute issues.
Yes, I can see Medicare patients but none of the services at my office will be billed to Medicare. However, you can still use it for medications at a pharmacy and at specialist offices when needed.
Yes. Most insurance plans will still cover specialists visits, hospitalizations or medications from retail pharmacies. The exception is that some HMOs will not reimburse if a script or referral are written from an out-of-network doctor.
Many patients do use FSA/HSA money towards DPC membership fees. I advise everyone to discuss this with a tax professional or your employee benefits representative.
I will prescribe narcotics when appropriate for acute pain control but I do not treat chronic pain with narcotics. If this is deemed necessary, I would refer you to pain management. Narcotics will also not be dispensed in my office.