What is “direct care”?
Direct Care provides you with all the treatment need without the hassle of third parties; insurance. You have a direct relationship with your provider, where you can spend unlimited time discussing your treatment plan. You have direct contact with a provider and staff, 24/7 via cell phone and email, and you have direct payment between you and your provider for the care you receive.
What does the membership fee cover?
The fee covers all office visit, tele-health visit, and home visit expenses. It provides you with a personal provider who is dedicated to your mental and physical health and is interested in you as a person. Will I have to pay a fee for my office visits?No. Your membership covers all of your office visits. There is no copay.
What about medications?
You and your provider are a team, especially when it comes to your medication. Your provider will help you get the best medicine for you and your unique situation as affordably as possible, being as resourceful as possible.
Will you do home visits?
Under certain circumstances home visits may be the only way you can be seen. If you are interested in a home visit, and wonder if your condition would qualify, you will need to speak with your provider.
How does insurance work in all of this?
Insurance should cover all the outside testing, referrals to specialists and hospitalizations you may require. We are not participating in any insurance billing, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you have private insurance, you may be able to get reimbursed for your visits. If you have a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending plan, your membership fee MAY be covered under these savings plans. Check with your plan administrator and/or accountant to determine your benefit eligibility.What makes this better for people?Your provider not paid per appointment. This frees them to spend more time with you. When providers are constricted to time limits, they are often rushed and the pressure that pressure can prevent good listening, which is required for accurate diagnosing and a treatment plan that is best for you. Ultimately, your provider can give you better care leading to you saving time and money.
Will this mean patients will need to come in more often to “get their money’s worth”?
This program empowers people to take charge of their own healthcare, with the guidance of a provider. We offer 18 office visits per year with our memberships to give you more options and the opportunity to see a provider when you need it, without restraints. It also allows you to have better overall care because your provider is not rushed to get from patient to patient. This doesn’t mean you won’t get your money’s worth if you don’t come in for all 18 visits. Our memberships provide you all the tools necessary to make informed, healthy decisions, without worry of any limitations and fees are most often times less than your yearly deductible
What if we don't meet some months, is monthly fee still charged?
Yes. The monthly fee goes toward the time I expect to spend per month--on average--with tasks such as refills, lab and record review, in-office visits, and other contact with my patients. Also, like any clinic, A Strong Mind Psychiatry has recurring and monthly expenses. Having a predictable income is vital to the financial well-being of the clinic (as opposed to varying and inconsistent reimbursement from insurance plans).
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