FAQ

What is Concierge Medicine?

Concierge medicine and Direct Primary Care are exciting and rapidly growing models for providing health care. In traditional insurance-based practices, a significant amount of overhead is spent on meeting insurance company requirements, often requiring that physicians see dozens of patients daily. Overall, those physicians spend significantly less time in each patient appointment and coordinating all the required care. Instead, our patients pay us directly through a convenient and affordable membership plan. The typical cost amounts to less than $150/mo.

By not participating in insurance plans, we are able to keep our practice small and provide you with highly accessible, personalized, and preventative care at the time you need it. Our focus is on ensuring a strong and satisfying doctor-patient relationship. It is the key to helping you stay healthy.

How does Weisz Concierge Medical differ from a traditional practice?

You will see and feel the difference immediately when you visit us at Weisz Concierge Medical.  Our reception area is calm and inviting and our office staff is friendly.  You will experience very short, if any, wait times to see me.  Office visits will never feel rushed, so we have ample time to address all of your health concerns.  Because my practice is limited to just a few hundred patients, I have the privilege of knowing all of my patients personally and can take the extra time for a proactive approach to your wellness. My goal is to provide you and your family with an experience that will not just meet but exceed your healthcare expectations.

What does the membership plan include?

Your membership covers all of the primary care services we offer in our office. This includes in-office visits, home and extended facility visits as necessary, hospital visits, minor office procedures, joint and trigger point injections, EKGs, diagnostic and wellness exams, phone calls, video conferencing and arrangement to see specialists with direct doctor to doctor communication. You are charged our transparent membership fee and that’s it. No co-pays or extra fees for other services.

I am available nights and weekends so you may reach me wherever you are and whenever you need to do so via phone, email or text messaging.

You will enjoy greater convenience and peace of mind and may also find a reduced need for visits to specialists and the emergency room.

In addition, you will have direct access to your medical records.

For whom does this plan work best?

The plan works for anyone who wishes to actively participate in the overall improvement of their health and staying well, including:

  • 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 with high insurance premiums or high-deductible health plans.
  • Self–insured businesses seeking to provide their employees with an affordable health care benefit and improving their well-being – while simultaneously reducing healthcare spending.
What if I already have insurance?

This program is not an alternative to having insurance. In fact, nearly all of our patients have insurance (like Medicare or commercial insurance) and we encourage them to keep their coverage.

You will need your insurance, of course, in case of catastrophe or hospitalization. We will also use your insurance to pay for laboratory testing, imaging (like mammograms), and specialist visits if needed. However, because I am always focused on delivering value-based care, I will often price-shop your medications or services with you to find the most affordable option. I also offer my patients access to wholesale pricing through our in-house dispensary and lower prices on cash-pay lab services through our special membership agreements with local labs.

What if I have Medicare?

You can still see me if you have Medicare or any insurance, I simply do not bill the insurance for my care. You pay me directly because this is a membership practice. I am considered a non-participating provider, but my orders for prescription medications and labs are still honored.

Will you see me in the hospital?

I will make courtesy visits to the hospitals where I am on staff.  I will discuss your case with the hospitalist, review your plan of care, answer questions and make recommendations to make your stay as comfortable and positive as possible.

In hospitals where I am not on staff I will directly communicate with the hospitalist.

Hospital admissions for serious medical problems are stressful and often confusing for patients and their families.  During hospital admissions, you will be assigned to a hospitalist with whom I am familiar and have established a working relationship.  These physicians are available in the hospital 24 hours a day and specialize only in hospital care.  I will act as your health care advocate, making sure that you receive the utmost care and proper treatment. I will communicate with you and your loved ones regularly during your hospital stay and am always available to you if problems arise.

Do you make home visits or nursing home visits?

Yes.  I will see patients in their home or nursing facility, rehab facility or ACLF in medically appropriate situations.  The decision is made on a case–by–case basis.

What if I need a specialist?

As your primary care physician, my extensive training allows me to handle most of your health care needs.  However, in the event that you do need to see a specialist, I will find the right doctor for you and make sure you are informed about who you will be seeing.  This referral process will include direct physician-to-physician consultation prior to your appointment with the specialist and direct coordination of your visit.

And after your appointment, if you have questions or concerns about your visit with your specialist, I will address these issues at an office appointment or by phone, email or video conference.

What if I need urgent care?

For problems that are not life-threatening emergencies, you can contact me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  In most cases, I can diagnose and treat your need without a visit to the ER.  In fact, concierge 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.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.  A family member or caregiver can call me later to alert me of your situation so I can be in contact with the emergency room or urgent care center staff.

What if my doctor is on vacation?

As a member of WCM (Weisz Concierge Medical), you are never alone.  Even when out of town, I will still be available by phone for your urgent needs. If I am not available, I will have another trusted medical professional available to assist you for any urgent matters or to be seen in the office.

How much is the membership fee?

The fee may be paid annually, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly (with a first 3 month minimum deposit).  The best part is, there are never any co-pays or deductibles to be met.

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Can joining WCM actually save me money

For many of our patients it is likely.  As a primary care practice, WCM can handle the vast majority of your health issues and concerns, eliminating ER and urgent care clinic copays or fees.

Studies show that the concierge model of care reduces the need for unnecessary medications, more expensive testing and unnecessary referral to specialists.  It is more likely to prevent unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.  This results in saving you money and providing you with better care.

Will I still benefit from being a member even if I don't expect to need frequent medical attention?

Absolutely.  Many people believe they should only treat illness when it happens instead of identifying and preventing disease before it starts.  The focus of WCM is not only to treat you when you are ill, but to concentrate efforts on long-term health and wellness.  I will carefully listen to you to understand how your life, work and family may be affecting your health.  And I will work with you to come up with a personalized plan to achieve your optimal health and maintain your health goals. Plus, there are advanced diagnostic tests that can help us identify risk factors and health issues before they cause disease, saving you money, time, suffering and high costs in the long run. Unlike the traditional practice environment, my practice has the time to deliver this type of comprehensive and detailed care.

Is there a limit to how many patients can join Weisz Concierge Medical?

Yes.  One of the most important aspects of private medicine is limiting the practice size to be able to devote more time and energy to each patient. Therefore, once we at WCM have reached our ideal practice size, a waiting list will be established.

What if I want to end my membership?

Our relationship is based on mutual respect and trust.

If you should become dissatisfied with my care, or if circumstances arise such as a move you are welcome to cancel your membership at any time without obligation as long as you give us 30 days notice.  We will refund memberships paid for the full year on a prorated basis.

How do I become a member?

Find out on our Membership page.

Please remember that space is limited and members are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once all available slots are filled, you will be added to our waiting list, so we encourage you to act quickly.

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