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Frequently Asked Questions

WHY IS DIRECT PRIMARY CARE BETTER?

Conventional insurance-based medical practices are becoming unwieldy with more employees and time spent just on billing and collections. Insurance companies dictate the type of care doctors give, and doctors have to see 25+ patients a day to maintain their business. Many times, the cost of billing is more than the fee itself.

Direct primary care allows physicians the freedom to serve patients and practice medicine the way they were trained. No billing means doctors have time to spend with patients, and patients can access the doctor when and where they need to.

Ultimately, direct primary care allows for more than just a better version of what is already there. Doctors are able to redefine the frontlines of care by providing proactive and preventive care that is otherwise unavailable in the traditional system. This leads patients to experience better service while having better health – namely fewer surgeries, specialist visits, hospitalizations, and medications.

DO YOU USE TELEMEDICINE?

In addition to your secure patient portal and communication tool, if you have a thermometer, blood pressure cuff, and oximeter at home, we can provide enhanced telemedicine care, and address more complex problems from the comfort of your home.

WHY DO I NEED MEMBERSHIP TO A PRIMARY CARE PRACTICE?

In the traditional healthcare setting, most people are accustomed to paying the doctor through insurance on a visit to visit basis. The problem is – most primary care is patient-provider dialogue, and it’s hard for insurance companies to know how to reimburse a conversation. This forces doctors to have you come in the office and then charge you every time you want to speak with them or follow up. Recently, doctors have needed to see upwards of 35+ patients a day just to keep their practices solvent.

In the DPC membership model, doctors are free to dialogue when, where, and how long the patient needs at no extra cost. This significantly increases the level of service and care a patient receives from their doctor. So much so, that in one study patients in a DPC membership model experienced:

  • 40% Less ER Visits
  • 54% reduction in ER costs
  • 24% Less Hospitalizations

*Society of Actuaries, 2020

DO YOU HAVE EVIDENCE THAT DIRECT Primary care COSTS LESS?

Numerous reports show better care and cost saving throughout the United States. In North Carolina, DPC saved $1.28 million in health care claims in one year for 2000 patients. Less paperwork for doctors means more time to spend with patients as needed to manage medical conditions. More time means better access which means fewer specialist referrals, hospital admissions, and ER visits. In insurance-based medical clinics, 43% of the day is spent on needless paperwork

AFTER HOURS

This practice leverages a telemedicine app that allows the practice to be available after hours, especially in urgent concerns. This dedicated tool allows us to securely text, video chat, and send pictures in real time.

HOW ARE OFFICE VISITS HANDLED?

It’s easy – schedule a visit via secure messaging or call in and come into the office. You have the option to do a televisit as an alternative for a quick checkup or if you’re sick at home and would prefer not to come in. As a member there are no additional charges to access care.

WILL YOU ALLOW ME TO SEE YOU WITHOUT SIGNING UP FOR A MEMBERSHIP?

You never know what the future holds for your health. A membership allows you to get the answers and peace of mind you deserve. If you aren’t sure if a membership is right for you, whether it be financial, for your health, or otherwise, contact the practice so we can sit down and work through your decision.

HOW MANY PATIENTS WILL YOU SEE?

Our main priority is you. We promise little to no wait times, same day or next day visits, as well as non rushed, 30-90 minute visits. Space is limited to 150 patients so we can fulfill these promises.

WHAT ABOUT LABS, IMAGING, AND PRESCRIPTIONS?

Through the national FreedomDoc network, we’ve partnered with local companies that provide our patients discounts for paying with cash.  However, if you still would like to submit to your insurance you are welcome to do so. 

WHAT IF I NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL?

If you feel you need to go to the hospital, please call and discuss with us at any time. We can help you decide if the emergency room is necessary. We would like to be involved in your hospital care—whether to speak to the emergency room physician or the in-patient doctor to assist in your care. We are also happy to keep in touch with your families during your stay and help arrange for your care after you return home.

CAN I USE MY HEALTH INSURANCE?

Our practice welcomes all patients – no matter what kind of health plan you do or do not have. We like to say everything done within the walls of or by the practice is covered by the membership. If you need to go outside the office – like for labs, blood work, or specialists you can use your health plan like you normally would.

DO I STILL NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?

We recommend you continue to have some type of health plan coverage. If you are looking for a cost-effective way to obtain catastrophic care (childbirth, surgery, accidents, etc…), we recommend you enroll in a healthshare. This new type of health plan is affordable, provides great service, and is actually useful to alleviate any emergency medical bills.

WHAT IF I AM ON MEDICARE?

Medicare offers a low baseline of primary care services and typically makes it hard to gain personal access to a primary care physician. Our practice is excellent for the Medicare patient who values having time to ask questions and get the right care. Medicare patients pay practice fees directly, but Medicare coverage remains in place for everything outside of the office. This includes specialists, testing performed outside of our office, and hospitalizations. Your Medicare will also cover lab services performed by an independent lab affiliate.

CAN I PAY WITH MY HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT (HSA)?

Some patients utilize their health savings (HSAs), flexible spending (FSAs) or health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) to pay our fees as “qualified medical expenses.” Legal experts have recommended these patients follow the best practice of paying annually or semi-annually. If requested, we can provide you with an invoice and/or submit a notice to your employer if any questions arise about our programs. Please note that we cannot provide tax or legal advice, and you should consult your own tax advisor for guidance.

IS THERE A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT?

The service contract is for one year. If you are unhappy with the services OR for any reason wish to cancel your contract, you may do so with a 30-day notice. Any services already performed (i.e. preventive exams) will be itemized for payment. Any refunds will be granted after the service items are paid. All contracts are automatically renewed unless a 30-day notice is received by us not to renew.

HOW DO I JOIN THE PRACTICE?

You call us at 208-285-4322 or click this link to start the enrollment process!

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Hours

Routine & Urgent Care
M/F 8:30-10:30am W 1-5pm

Scheduled Televisits
Monday-Thursday
8:30am-3:30pm

Emergency visits anytime by appt.

 

ADDRESS

3624 North Centrepoint Way Suite 100
Meridian, ID 83646

Just north of Hobby Lobby.