- What is a concierge medical practice?
- Why should I choose a concierge medical practice?
- What does it cost to join your concierge practice?
- Why do you charge that fee?
- How large is the practice? I know of some practices that are as busy as the more crowded practices and don't really seem like special care.
- What do I do if Dr. Levine is not available when I need him?
- Do you accept my insurance?
- What if I have a high deductible or no insurance?
- Is the concierge fee tax deductible?
- What about the rest of my family, can they benefit from my membership?
1. What is a concierge medical practice?
With concierge services, patients receive personalized medical care through one appointed, dedicated doctor who is familiar with their medical history and unique health goals. By becoming a member, you gain direct access to a private physician, without all the layers of interference found at a more impersonal multi-partner practice. You receive more one-on-one time with your doctor, enhancing communication and improving your overall quality of health care.
2. Why should I choose a concierge medical practice?
Those who receive concierge care are able to interact with a highly attentive staff in an accommodating office atmosphere. They have easy and direct access to their doctor whether they are well or ill. And their doctor is very familiar with all previous and current health care that is being applied; in fact, he often arranges it.
As a member of Dr. Levine’s concierge medical practice, you will experience reduced waiting time to see your doctor and other health care professionals, which is particularly beneficial to busy young professionals and baby boomers. There is no such thing as ‘after hours’—you have 24/7 access to Dr. Levine. If you call when he is not in the office, you will be linked to his private cell phone after a 20-second message. You can also call him directly on his cell phone, the number of which is provided to all new members.
All of your medical care in and outside of the office is arranged through concierge staff, and we are dedicated to helping you receive the most economical health care. Therefore, whether you’re meeting with specialists or seeking low-cost alternatives to medications, lab work or imaging, we will help you locate and coordinate with the most cost-effective options. Sometimes these savings have nearly paid for the yearly membership fee!
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3. What does it cost to join your concierge practice?
There is an $1800 annual fee for membership. Flexible payment plans are available. Please discuss your particular situation with the Concierge Coordinator.
4. Why do you charge that fee?
Membership fees grant access to the many direct advantages of highly personalized and state-of-the-art medical care. You will never be given a run-around with forms, or suffer several appointments with rotating, unfamiliar faces. You will never be made to see a physician's assistant or nurse practitioner; you will always meet with Dr. Levine, your own private doctor and health care advocate. Dr. Levine is a board-certified physician who has spent more than two decades practicing clinical medical care. He is on staff at three local hospitals, and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. As a member, he will personally oversee and coordinate all of your medical care, whether you are in need of special medications, visiting a hospital or seeking help from an outside specialist. In these events, Dr. Levine will refer your medical history to secondary parties and ensure that you are receiving care that is most beneficial to you.
5. How large is the practice? I know of some practices that are as busy as the more crowded practices and don't really seem like special care.
Dr. Levine limits his practice to a maximum of 300 patients. By doing so, he is able to offer unhurried, comprehensive care to all members. Within this capacity, new patients are accepted on a regular, ongoing basis throughout the year.
6. What do I do if Dr. Levine is not available when I need him?
If Dr. Levine is unavailable for any reason, coverage will be provided by his attentive office staff, as well as an available board-certified physician who is fully knowledgeable of your care.
7. Do you accept my insurance?
Medicare is accepted and submitted. All PPO insurance plans are accepted. For PPO members, reimbursement fees are applied as payment in full for each visit; a nominal fee applies.
8. What if I have a high deductible or no insurance?
A minimal office fee will be charged in the event of a high deductible or no insurance. However, assistance getting economical lab tests and screenings is one of the many benefits of membership.
9. Is the concierge fee tax deductible?
Membership fees in a retainer-based medical practice can often be deducted as medical expenses, and may be a reimbursable in a Flexible Savings Plan or Health Savings Account. Please consult with your accountant to learn how medical membership fees relate to your individual situation.
10. What about the rest of my family, can they benefit from my membership?
Although spouses are considered individual patients, dependent children from 15-29 years of age are able to be seen as a benefit of your membership. As a courtesy to members, visiting family and friends can be accommodated in the event they require care. A fee for service will be applied where appropriate.