PAYMENT

I accept many of the major insurers, but plans change every year. Regardless of who your insurer is, in order to be sure you are covered, it is best to check with your insurer prior to coming in to make sure you are covered and what your copayment and deductible are, as well as need for pre-authorization requirements and other possible exclusions to your coverage. Your insurance company does not routinely provide me with this information unless you ask them to. Copayments and other payments may be made by check or cash. I do not accept credit cards or Paypal.

If you will have difficulty paying for your care, I can negotiate a payment plan with you. Please bring this up with me prior to our meeting.

 

PHONE CALLS AND E-MAIL COMMUNICATIONS

 

Charges will be applied to all meetings and phone meetings lasting substantially more than about 5 minutes. While I do check phone and e-mail messages and respond to brief questions at no charge, for medical consultations lasting more than 10 minutes, there will be a charge. This may or may not be billable to your insurance company. If you have questions which require substantially longer than 5 minutes to address, it is generally best to schedule an appointment, as I usually do not have sufficient time for these kinds of conversations on an impromptu basis.

If you have trouble reaching me by phone, you can e-mail me at drmarkbrody@gmail.com.

 

REMEDY CHARGES:

 

I typically charge $7.00 for each homeopathic  remedy dispensed, adn $10.oo when I dispense two at a time. Some remedies may be purchased locally at health food stores or on line for $10.00- $20.00. Herbal remedies will cost from $10.00 to $20.00 depending on the amount dispensed.  If you would prefer to purchase your own, please let me know. I can also purchase remedy kits at a considerable discount for you, if you are interested. There may be a $5.00 additional charge for remedies I ship to you from my office.

 

PAPERWORK AND OTHER NON-MEDICAL SERVICES:

 

If you, your insurance company, pharmacy or any other organization has paperwork or telephone work that needs to be done for you, you must schedule an appointment to get this done. Unless the work can be accomplished in a matter of a minute or two, I simply do not have enough time in my schedule to complete the multitude of forms, faxes and calls that must be attended to for all my patients on a daily basis. Occasionally patients have forms that must be filled out immediately. I can not guarantee I will always be able to provide immediate turnaround on all paperwork, but I will do my best to accommodate you.

 

REMEDY STORAGE AND USAGE GUIDELINES:

 

Common antidotes include coffee, camphor and camphor containing products, pau d’arco tea, tea tree oil, eucalyptus and other strongly aromatic essential oils. Often, but not always antidoting substances include conventional medications, especially steroids and antibiotics, recreational drugs, strong mints (but not necessarily mint toothpaste), and acupuncture treatments. While it is best to avoid these substances, there may be some exceptions to these guidelines, so please inquire.
Do not touch the dry granules. Tap them into the cap of the bottle and invert it over your mouth, allowing the granules to fall under your tongue. Allow them to dissolve. No food should be in your mouth at the time you take the pills, so you should leave adequate time before and after taking the remedy to keep food out of your mouth. The exact time may vary according to what food you have recently eaten. Use your judgment.

Store your remedy out of the light, and away from high heat, extreme cold, electronic fields, and strong odors.

 

CANCELLATIONS:

 

Please call me at least 48 hours (Monday-Friday)  in advance, if not more, if you need to reschedule your appointment. If you do not come in for your appointment, and do not give 48 hours notice, I cannot bill your insurance company and you may be charged for all or part of the missed meeting.  The reason for the requirement for advanced notice is to leave me sufficient time to try to find a replacement for the time left open by your cancellation.

 

MEDICATION REFILLS

Although advancing health through the use of non-traditional methods is the centerpiece of my practice, prescription medications are and will continue to be a part of my practice as well, in part because of the limitations of alternative therapies and in part because many of you come to my practice taking medications, which will need managing until they can be reduced or eliminated.  In this context, many of you have been and will continue to want periodic refills.  In some doctors’ practices, and until now in mine as well, refills are often done semi-automatically, at your own initiative or that of the pharmacist.

Recently, it has come to my attention that this policy is fraught with the potential for prescribing errors.  Therefore it has seemed prudent to me to institute a policy to protect you from the possibility of such errors, and also to protect myself, insofar as I consider myself responsible for my own mistakes, even if they are inadvertent.

Therefore starting in September, 2014, I will be asking all of my patients who are seeking medication refills, whether the request comes from you yourself or from your pharmacy to contact me for an in person for or telephone medication review session.  Alternatively, if you already have a session scheduled, you can use this time to review your medications. In the course of a medication review the following subjects will be reviewed, among others:

1. Is the medication and dosage you are actually taking the same as the one I have recorded in my records?

2. Are you having any side effects to your medication?

3.  Are there any changes or problems with your health that may be due to the medication?

4. Are you taking any new medications that may interact with your medication?

5. How well are your medications working?

6. Is it safe to continue taking the medication, given the risks to your health?

7. Should you be trying other solutions to your health problems instead of or in addition to your medication, for reasons of lack of efficacy or safety?

Millions of people worldwide take medications but few appreciate the risks inherent in taking medications.  The risks vary from medication to medication, but in general, they are underestimated. Various studies since 1998 have estimated that 100’s of thousands of people die from medication errors annually! And this is just the errors!  Many die or experience serious health problems from the correctly prescribed medications too.    It’s a possible risk to your health that requires regular review.