IS YOUR PRIVATE PHYSICIAN A CONCIERGE PRACTICE? WHAT IS CONCIERGE MEDICINE?
Yes, Your Private Physician is a Concierge Practice. Concierge medicine (also referred to as retainer medicine or boutique medicine) is a form of medical practice that caters to a select population of individuals who insist on the highest caliber of medical service. Started in the mid-nineties, this type of practice returns the forgotten art of prioritizing patient comfort to contemporary times. It returns control of healthcare to the patient and his or her physician. Concierge medicine is recognized by the American Medical Association, the American Society of Concierge Physicians, and by various state medical boards in which you find these practices.
HOW DOES CONCIERGE PHYSICIANS DIFFER FROM OTHER PRACTICES IN THE AREA?
We believe that access to your personal physician is integral to your continued good health. Unlike most primary care practices, we limit our enrollment via membership. Because we see a fraction of the load of traditional practices, we are able to offer our member-patients unique benefits rarely found in typical medical settings. House calls, direct physician lines, long appointments, and long-distance care differentiate our practice from the norm.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE MEMBERSHIP TO RECEIVE YOUR SERVICES?
Your Private Physician is a membership medical practice designed to optimize patient comfort, support, and satisfaction. To access our physicians and special services, individuals must first become member-patients.
WHAT HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS DOES YOUR PRACTICE ACCEPT?
You won’t need your insurance plans to receive Dr. Matusewicz’es services, as all services are provided under our membership fees. Our fees themselves are for non-covered services that are non-reimbursable by insurance companies. We request that you continue to use your insurance for costs associated with labs, imaging, medications, specialists, and hospital treatment, which are not covered in our yearly fee. Because we don’t participate with any insurance companies, we are considered “out-of-network” for all plans. As you will no longer need primary care coverage, your insurance premiums may decrease significantly. Please call your insurance company to discuss specifics of your plan.
I HAVE MEDICARE. CAN I BE A PATIENT?
Of course. All our treatment and services are covered in our yearly fee, and you will never pay any additional costs for services rendered by Dr. Matusewicz. This unique benefit is available to you only because we have elected not to participate with Medicare. You should keep your Medicare benefits, however, for costs associated with off-site labs, imaging, medications, specialists, and hospital treatment, which are not covered in our fee. By law, membership fees cannot be submitted for reimbursement.
DO I HAVE TO PAY THE FEE ALL AT ONCE?
The fees for our Concierge Medical Services may be paid quarterly, semi-annually or annually. For patients participating in quarterly or semi-annual plans, the installments will be processed via our automated payment system on a scheduled and recurring basis.
ARE SPECIALIST FEES COVERED?
At our practice, we will be the liaison between member-patients and specialists that may be required for optimal care. This will include personally discussing your situation with the appropriate specialist, scheduling your appointment, and coordinating further care if needed. Specialists are not part of Your Private Physician, and thus they have their own fees.