FAQs for Dr. Faraday’s Practice
What does the annual fee cover?
It covers a comprehensive physical exam plus 11 additional office visits (or 5 home visits; each home visit is equal to 2 office visits), an annual flu shot, EKG, and gynecologic exam (as medically indicated), same or next day appointments when sick, unhurried appointments, and short in-office wait time in a private and comfortable setting. No additional bills or paperwork will be sent to you or your insurance company.
Do I need to pay the whole fee at once?
No. You may choose to pay the fee in two semi-annual installments. Other payment schedules will be considered on an individual basis. A discount of 5% is offered if the annual fee is paid in full at the beginning of each contract year.
Do you accept credit cards?
No. The practice accepts personal checks and cash.
I already have health insurance. Will I still need it?
Yes. You will continue to use your regular health insurance to cover fees for other physicians, laboratory tests, x-rays, prescription drugs, hospital fees, etc. in accordance with the benefits described in your plan. Although Dr. Faraday does not participate in any insurance plan, your usual health insurance will be needed to cover medical services not provided by Dr. Faraday.
I’m covered by Medicare. Can I still see Dr. Faraday?
Yes; however, Medicare will not cover any services provided by Dr. Faraday. She will not submit any claims to Medicare and you may not submit for reimbursement any services provided by her. Your Medicare coverage will continue to cover costs incurred from all other physicians, hospitals, labs, etc. If you have Medicare, you will be asked to sign a waiver acknowledging a private relationship with Dr. Faraday.
I’m covered by an HMO. Can I still see Dr. Faraday?
Yes; however, it is important to understand that Dr. Faraday does not participate in any HMO. If your HMO requires authorization from your PCP for referral and labs, Dr. Faraday will not be able to perform that role and you will be responsible for the costs of those services.
What do you mean by independent practice?
Dr. Faraday’s practice is independent of all insurance carriers. Other terms that have been used to describe this type of practice are "concierge" and "boutique". Rather than billing insurance, you pay an annual membership fee, which covers all of the specified services from Dr. Faraday during the contract year.
I have a Flexible Spending Account or a Health Savings Account through work. Can I use that for the annual fee?
Yes. Dr. Faraday’s fees are eligible for coverage by most Medical Savings Plans. Check with your plan administrator. By using pre-tax dollars designated for medical expenses, out of pocket costs may be reduced by as much as 30–40%.
What if I need to be hospitalized?
You may be admitted to the hospital of your choice; however, the hospitalist physician will be the attending of record during your inpatient stay. While you are in the hospital, Dr. Faraday will help coordinate your medical care with the doctors taking care of you and will facilitate your transition to outpatient treatment or a rehabilitation facility (if needed) after you are discharged.
Can you provide house calls?
Yes. House calls are available upon request. Each home visit is equivalent to 2 office visits.
I have teenagers or college age children. Can Dr. Faraday see them?
Yes, Dr. Faraday will be happy to provide care to children 13 and older. For children age 13 through 26, the annual fee is reduced by half if at least one parent is a member of the practice.
I have a visiting relative who got sick. Can Dr. Faraday see that person?
Yes. Visiting relatives can be seen as guests to the practice for a fee of $300.
How can I reach Dr. Faraday after hours and on weekends?
Dr. Faraday will be available by cell phone after hours and on weekends.
What happens when Dr. Faraday goes on vacation?
Dr. Faraday will be covered by a board-certified physician.
Can I see Dr. Faraday without joining the practice for a whole year?
Yes, but only on a limited basis. Dr. Faraday does offer some services such as executive physicals, onetime medical consults, and weight loss/nutritional counseling on a fee-for-service basis. Onetime home visits may also be obtained on a fee-for-service basis. If you decide to join the practice after receiving one of these services, the cost will be applied to the annual fee.
I have a few more questions. What should I do?
Dr. Faraday is happy to answer any questions you have about the practice. Feel free to call the office (1-855-372-5392) or email Dr. Faraday at with any questions. You may also visit our website at www.DrAlexaFaraday.com.