Frequently Asked Questions
My goal is to provide the highest quality medical care and service, emphasizing a proactive, comprehensive approach to both disease prevention and wellness. We strive to provide excellence in care that is both compassionate and truly patient-focused. From the moment you enter the office, we want you to be completely satisfied with every aspect of your care.
My smaller practice size allows me to devote more time to each patient’s care and individual needs. This practice model offers time to schedule approximately 30 minutes for routine appointments and approximately 60 minutes for the Comprehensive Annual Health Assessment. Appointments will start promptly, and I will be able to spend more time with you. If a problem requires extra time for evaluation, I will accommodate you to the best of my ability. Also, our communication will be enhanced through patient-dedicated cell phone and email.
My goal is to be available to my patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, there will be occasions when I am out of town or otherwise unavailable. In these situations, a trusted colleague will serve as my covering physician.
Yes. My medical practice will not take the place of general health insurance coverage. My practice is a primary care medical practice, not a health insurance program. You are advised to continue your Medicare or other insurance programs as well as participation in your FSA or HSA plan.
Yes, I intend to remain an in-network provider for most major PPO insurance plans and will bill your insurance directly for office visits (office visit charges are not included in your annual fee). I do not accept HMO insurance plans in my practice due to their restrictive nature. If the terms of your insurance plan require a co-pay, I am obligated to request payment at the time of service. Even if I am not a provider for your insurance plan, I will attempt to refer you to in-network physicians for any necessary consultations and to in-network facilities for diagnostic tests and hospitalizations as medically indicated. Those services will likely be covered by your insurance plan. My office will file your claims with Medicare, as well as with your supplemental insurer on your behalf, as required by law. For any patients who may have a Medicare Advantage plan, office visit fees will be the responsibility of the patient.
You are advised to consult with your FSA or HSA plan administrator, employer, HR representative or tax advisor to clarify qualification in your particular circumstance.
If the problem is minor, call me first. However, call 911 if you have a life-threatening emergency. Then call me. With the exception of a few controlled substances, most prescriptions can be ordered anywhere in the country. If you seek care at an emergency room or urgent care center out of my area, I would request that you have the doctor seeing you call me for coordination. I will be readily available for a phone consultation with you and/or other healthcare personnel. If you should require hospitalization while away, at your request I will attempt to establish regular phone communication with you and your attending physician(s) to ensure continuity of care.
If you have other questions regarding your health and wellness, please contact Darien Signature Health, Inc. today!