Do you take insurance?
In order to have low overhead, I cannot take insurance. I am happy to provide you with a receipt for medical services. Because I am an out-of-network provider, you may or may not be reimbursed for this or be able to apply these expenses to your deductible. However, if you have a Health Savings Account or Flex Benefits, you can use these.
How much do you charge?
My fee is $330/hour. For new patients, we charge an additional $50 to help cover the time it takes to enter your information into your medical record. We bill based on the time that we spend with you. An initial consultation will usually run anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of your situation. Follow-up appointments are anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. We do have a 30 minute minimum charge. We are happy to answer simple questions (about 5 minutes) by phone or email, but if you require a long answer we will charge you for our time (we will let you know if our conversation or email is moving into the billable realm). Anything requiring review of records or a phone conversation about details will be billed. Likewise, phone conversations with another provider, a case manager or attorney may be billed. I also charge for filling out all but the simplest forms or writing the most basic letters on your behalf.
How do I contact you if I have a problem?
I am reachable by phone or email for routine and semi-urgent problems. In the case of a more urgent matter, I am reachable by pager. There are times when I cannot answer my pager for up to an hour (such as if I am swimming); if you are truly unable to wait that long, you should go to the emergency room. I will let patients know ahead of time that I will be unavailable so that refills can be ordered. This is also why it is important for you to have a primary care provider for backup if I am not available.