Frequently Asked Questions
You can find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below. If you would like more information, please call our office at (443) 318-4141.
Membership Medicine and You
How does our practice differ from the typical traditional practice?
Once you are an established patient, many health issues and routine illnesses can be handled remotely without an office visit. This can reduce time wasted sitting in traffic, in the waiting room, or even in urgent care facilities and emergency rooms.
My goal is to provide you and your family with an experience that will not just meet, but exceed, your expectations for a doctor’s office. It will be the care you need when you want it.
What is Membership Medicine?
Membership medicine is a proactive style of medical practice that emphasizes wellness and disease prevention through highly personalized care. This “Connected Care” model is designed to foster a greater connectivity with me as a family medicine physician, helping to ensure a strong, satisfying doctor-patient relationship. A monthly membership fee is charged, allowing me to see fewer patients, so I may devote more time to each patient’s care and individual needs. My smaller patient panel allows for extremely convenient and personalized care when you need it which is the key to helping you stay healthy.
It’s the way I’ve always wanted and expected to practice medicine!
What does membership include?
In addition, I provide weight management and counseling including meal planning, nutrition education, lifestyle coaching, and fitness goal tracking.
Also, I can provide a great amount of care and care coordination by phone, email and text, including remote visits when appropriate.
I am available to discuss urgent concerns nights and weekends when needed. I am working hard to create a practice where you can reach me when you need me, without having to jump through multiple hoops!
You will enjoy greater convenience and peace of mind. You may also find a reduced need for visits to specialists and the emergency department.
See the many services you will receive!
Who does this membership plan work best for?
People of all ages benefit from the value-added services we offer at FirstChoice Family Medicine.
It works especially well for:
* Patients desiring easy and direct communication with their doctor.
* Patients who want a doctor to address the root cause of illness, not just treat the symptoms.
* Those who want to participate in improving their health and staying well.
* Those with high insurance premiums, high-deductible health plans or no insurance.
* Self-insured businesses seeking to provide their employees with affordable health care and improved well-being, while simultaneously reducing everyone’s healthcare spending.
See who benefits from this membership plan!
Appointments, Referrals and Care
What happens if I’m admitted to the emergency room or hospital?
If you are admitted by a specialist or hospitalist, I will stay involved in your care. I will confer and maintain a collaborative relationship with the admitting physician, review your plan of care, make recommendations when needed, and make courtesy visits to the hospitals. As your health care advocate, I will communicate directly with you and your loved ones, and help you navigate the health care system.
What if I need specialty care?
After your specialist visit, we will follow up to discuss any of your questions or concerns, and arrange additional testing if needed.
What if I need urgent care?
For urgent problems that are not emergencies, you can contact me when you need to. Often, I can diagnose and treat your need over the phone or arrange a prompt office visit. In fact, membership medicine has been shown to result in fewer ER visits for members because we can discuss your medical needs any time of the day or night. And you know you can see me the next day!
What if I need medical attention while I’m away from home?
What if my doctor is on vacation?
How insurance works in the practice
Do you bill insurance plans?
We accept most insurances and will continue to bill insurances for office visits. There will be no copays or deductibles collected for office visits since you will be a current member.
Can you see me if I have Medicare?
Does insurance cover my membership fee?
Is the membership fee deductible or covered by my corporate benefits?
Do I still need to have health insurance?
How to join
How much is the membership fee?
Please visit our pricing section for details. We have discounts for families and children, and there are no long-term contracts required. You may pay annually or monthly.
There is a minimum 3 month obligation when joining. The best part is, there are never any co-pays or deductibles to meet.
Can joining First Choice Family Medicine actually save me money?
Studies show this model of care reduces the need for unnecessary medications, more expensive testing, and unnecessary referrals to specialists. It is more likely to prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations. This results in saving you money and providing you better care.
In addition, many people find they can lower the cost of their total medical care by combining a high deductible health plan with a membership practice. Doing so makes joining this practice quite beneficial. My type of practice is also a good fit for those who have no insurance.
And you won’t have any hidden costs or bills that come to you after-the-fact from the office or insurance company. By switching to a higher deductible, lower premium plan, patients may even save money.
We also have negotiated deep discounts with local labs and radiology providers for our patients who choose to pay cash for these services.
Will I still benefit from membership even if I don’t expect to need frequent medical attention?
Is there a limit to how many patients can join FirstChoice Family Medicine?
What if I want to cancel my membership?
How do I become a member?
Please remember that space is limited and we accept members on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we fill all available slots, we will add your name to our waiting list, so we encourage you to act quickly.