I have always been passionate about the practice of medicine. I love being able to connect with my patients on many levels, to interpret their needs and provide comprehensive medical care.
In recent years I have seen dramatic changes in healthcare. Mounting administrative tasks take time once devoted to patient care. Converting my practice to a personalized care model has allowed me to continue to offer longer appointments and enhanced healthcare services.
My smaller practice size means you will receive more of my individual time and personal availability. If you wake up feeling ill in the morning, for example, you will be scheduled promptly for a visit and there will be little or no waiting time once you arrive. Should you have a concern after hours, you will be able to reach me easily and directly via my personal cell phone…whether you are at home or you’re traveling. At any time, I will be available when you need me.
My personalized care practice, with ample time to focus on preventive measures and wellness, is proven to be one of the most effective models for maintaining health.
If you do become ill - and we all recognize that health is unpredictable - you will have peace of mind knowing that the doctor who knows you best will be available when needed. A call to my office, or to my cell phone after hours, can frequently prevent a trip to the emergency room or to an urgent care clinic.
Yes. Your annual fee only pays for the non-clinical, non-covered amenities and benefits that are described in the Highlights & Details document. Neither the fee nor the amenities take the place of general health insurance coverage. You are advised to continue your Medicare or other health insurance program coverage.
I intend to remain an in-network provider for most major PPO insurance plans and will bill your insurance directly for
professional services that are covered by those plans. (Professional services are not covered by your annual fee.) If the terms of your insurance plan require a co-pay, I am obligated to request payment at the time of service. Even if we are not providers for your insurance plan, I will attempt to refer you to in-network physicians for any necessary consultations and to in-network facilities for diagnostic tests and hospitalizations as medically indicated. Those services will likely be covered by your insurance plan.
Yes. My office will file your claims with Medicare as well as with your supplemental insurer on your behalf, as required by
law. Office visit fees that are not reimbursed by insurance will be the responsibility of the patient.
No. The annual fee only includes services and benefits described in the Highlights & Details document that are not
covered by Medicare (or any other payer) and that will not be paid for or reimbursed by Medicare.
In some instances, the annual fee, or part of the fee, may be payable through your HSA. You are advised to consult with your HSA or FSA plan administrator, employer, HR representative or tax adviser to clarify qualification in your particular circumstance.
Yes. Paying your annual fee allows you to be a member of my practice and to be in touch with me whether you are sick or well. I strongly encourage you to utilize the benefits offered, regardless of your state of health, to proactively safeguard your well-being.
Your membership agreement can be terminated upon 30 days’ written notice to me/my practice. If you move and wish to secure a new physician, the annual fee will be refunded on a prorated basis. Your records will be sent to your new physician upon receipt of a signed release from you authorizing/directing me/my practice to send the records to your new physician. This release of records is required by law.
Should you desire, I am available to help you decide which specialist to see and to coordinate such consultations. This will ensure the most appropriate resource is used, the earliest arrangements are made, and your applicable medical information is sent in advance of your specialist visit.
Please know that you can contact me at any time. However, if you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. You can then call me or ask the hospital personnel to contact me so I may assist in your care. If you have a non-urgent problem, feel free to contact me first.
If the problem is minor, call me first. However, if you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately – then you can call me. With the exception of controlled substances, I will seek to accommodate your prescription requests if state/ local law allows. If you seek care at an emergency room or urgent care center out of my area, you should feel free to ask the doctor seeing you to call me for coordination of your care. I will be readily available for phone consultation with you and/or other health care personnel. If you should require hospitalization while away, at your request, I will attempt to establish regular phone communication with you and your attending physician(s) to ensure continuity of care.