Why do you charge a membership fee? This allows Priority Health Family Medicine to limit the number of patients in the practice, which gives you unlimited access to your primary care provider in a relaxed, unhurried environment. This also ensures same day or next day appointments.
How do I pay the membership fee? Patients may pay annually, in full, for a discount of 9%. Patients may also pay monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually. We prefer that this payment be set up through our automated payment system, which would automatically charge a debit or credit card on a set date each month, quarter, semi-annually, or annually.
Should I wait to join?No. We will limit the number of patients in the practice. This will be on a "first come, first served" basis. Once the limit is reached, the practice will start a waiting list for those still interested in joining. The enrollment list must be honored in order to provide the highest standard of personalized care and service to those enrolled.
What does the membership cover? Please see the previous "Services" page for a comprehensive list. The fee covers excellent primary care through unlimited office visits, annual wellness exams, well child exams, sports physicals, school physicals, basic office procedures, most in office tests and injections, 24/7/365 access to your doctor, little or no wait times in the office for your appointment, and much more.
What is not covered by the membership fee? Hospitalizations, evaluations by other physicians or specialists, emergency room visits, prescription medications, outside labs, pathology services, cultures, radiologic studies (x-rays, CT Scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, etc.), no scalpel vasectomies, childhood immunizations, physical therapy, workers compensation.
Do I still need insurance? Yes. Priority Health Family Medicine is not a replacement for insurance. We encourage our patients to have health insurance.
Can I use my HSA or FSA to pay for the membership fee? At this time, it is not clear. We recommend that you check with your human resources representative at your place of employment, or your financial advisor or CPA.
What if I'm hospitalized? You can choose which hospital you prefer. Dr. Newcome and Dr. Miller will work closely with the hospitalists and consultants to coordinate your care and arrange for close follow up upon discharge.
Do patients sign a contract for care? Yes. You will be asked to review and sign a Patient Agreement for Physician Services. This document was written with legal counsel. The purpose of this contract is to inform, guide, and protect the patient and the physician. The terms of agreement is for 12 months and renews automatically, provided the member opts to continue membership.