Does Accomplished Health and Wellness accept health insurance?
No. AHW is considered an "out of network provider". I prefer for your relationship with your insurance company to stay between the two of you. I do offer invoices for those patients who are seen for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. You will also get an invoice monthly for any extra labs and medications that are purchased through the clinic.
Is Accomplished Health and Wellness considered an insurance plan?
No. This is not an insurance plan. This is an health care membership. I am a physician not an insurance broker.
Do I still need insurance?
Yes. I recommend that you carry some form of coverage for hospitalizations, specialists, surgery, and serious acute care. The real question is what type is right for you and your family?
Can you help me find affordable insurance?
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If I have Medicare, can I still join Accomplished Health and Wellness?
Yes. You will have to sign a waiver declaring that neither you or I will directly bill Medicare for my services. Medicare will still cover any laboratory testing, imaging, medications, or hospitalizations prescribed by our office. However, I am often seen as an "out of network provider".
What is included in my membership?
Membership includes anything that you would normally go to a primary care physician for; annual physical, chronic health maintenance, acute illness, care to optimize your health, etc. You can also take advantage of the low cost lab and medication prices as well. You will get 5 elective osteopathic manipulative treatment visits as well. If you want more, there is an added cost, but this is discounted for members.
What does elective osteopathic manipulative treatment mean?
This means that you are coming for routine maintenance adjustments. This is not linked to an acute illness or injury.
Are there any additional fees?
There are no recurring additional fees. However, there are a few additional intermittent fees. You can learn more about them under Additional Fees.
Labs, imaging and referrals will be billed through your insurance company. For those without insurance, or with high deductible plans, we have the lowest lab prices available. This would be an additional fee when labs are ordered. We are working on agreements for lower rates for imaging and specialty care. Osteopathic Manipulation is an additional fee, but is discounted for members.
But I don't see the doctor more than once per year, why should I be a member?
Well, first off I ask you. And be honest. Do you not see the doctor because you are truly well all the time or because you can't afford the stinking co-pay when you go? Because I hear this all the time, and I usually find out that you will visit/interact the doctor more in this model because there are no co-pays or other limiting factors standing in between you and me.
If you truly don't go to the doctor that often, then AHW offers you something more. We strive to reach each individual's wellness goals. This is not just the absence of disease, but truly working to be your best you. So if you're already free of disease, already have a great diet, and exercise regularly, fantastic! We will work together incredibly well!
What is direct access?
Direct access means you have direct access to Dr. Smith. No answering service or front desk. I answer the phone, return phone calls, answer text messages, and write emails. After hours, you get me. So please keep that in mind and remember that after hours is for urgencies or emergencies. There is only one of me after all.
Is there any longterm commitment?
No. You will sign a patient agreement, which is for a year. However, I do not bind patients to any length of time for their membership. My intention is take form a long term relationship with you so that I can best care for you. But I also realize that sometimes we have to part ways for many different reasons. So if for any reason you need to end your membership, then you are welcome to cancel at any time. However, I do ask for 30 days prior notice. Should you decide to return to the practice, we will ask that you pay the re-enrollment fee.
What is osteopathic manipulative treatment and how might it help me?
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a series of hands-on techniques that improve the body's mobility by correcting underlying dysfunction. What does that mean exactly? Well, if you are out of wack, then I will use hands-on techniques to put you back together. This form of manual medicine was created to promotes the body's own self healing mechanisms. To find out all the ways OMT may be helpful to you, click here.
Can children become members of Accomplished Health and Wellness?
Yes. I can accept children from birth to 21, either alone or with a parent.
Are my medical records ever shared with insurance carriers or pharmaceutical companies?
The short answer is no. The long answer is that I usually ignore the first attempt and if they ask again, then I will discuss with you whether you want me to send information to them or not. Well, that is unless you have already told me that I should expect something and to go ahead and send information when I get it, then I would just send it upon request. I hope that is clear as mud.
What will I pay when I enroll?
That is a great question! I get that all the time. It really depends on when you enroll. There is a one time enrollment fee of $75. Then if you enroll at the beginning of the month, then you will also have your entire month's membership fee. If you enroll after the 15th, then you will only have 1/2 of the month's membership fee. This isn't charged immediately upon enrollment. I like to wait until we have met first.
What is the refer a friend program?
If you love your care with me, which I truly hope that you will, then naturally you will want to tell your friends! If you refer a friend and they sign up for a membership, then you will get a $10 credit to your account for referring them! I try to remember to ask how people heard about me, but if you refer someone don't be ashamed to tell them you sent them. It is a win-win for both of us. AHW will continue to grow and your bill will momentarily shrink! Can't beat savings!