Frequently Asked Questions

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Below you’ll find answers to questions that you may have about our hybrid-concierge medical practice.  If you have any remaining questions, please contact us.

 

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What is Concierge Medicine?

Concierge medicine, boutique medicine and direct practice are all terms used to describe a new style of medical care in which patients pay an annual fee to the doctor directly for enhanced medical services.

How does a Hybrid Concierge medical practice differ from traditional Concierge Medicine?

In the Hybrid Concierge model which we offer to our patients, you are responsible for an annual fee. Additionally your insurance and/or Medicare is still billed for normally covered services rendered by our practice. This is the biggest difference between the Hybrid Concierge model and the straight concierge model which does not bill private insurance or Medicare.  By allowing your private insurance and/or Medicare to help off-set the expense of delivering your health care, we are able to keep the annual physician retaining fee at a modest amount.

Do I still need to keep my health insurance and/or Medicare?

Yes, your insurance and/or Medicare will still be billed for normally covered services rendered by Dr. Elsbree and his staff. Additionally outside of Dr. Elsbree’s office, you will still need medical insurance for emergency room visits, hospitalization, specialists, prescriptions and all services provided outside of my office.

How much is the Annual Physician Fee to become a member of Dr. Elsbree’s Hybrid Concierge medical practice?

$2,850.00 per patient annually, regardless of age, sex, or medical preconditions.

How do I become a member?

To enroll in Dr. Elsbree’s Hybrid Concierge medical practice, you must fill out the application and return it to Dr. Elsbree’s office or fill out our online application. All applications MUST INCLUDE payment of the annual fee (in the form of either a personal check or credit card information). Applications received without payment will not be processed. Personal checks can be made payable to Scott Elsbree M.D.,P.A.

Is there a limit to the number of patients who can become members of the hybrid concierge services?

Yes, due to the nature of the hybrid concierge practice, where Dr. Elsbree devotes more time and attention to each patient who joins, membership is limited and offered to patients on a first-come, first-serve basis.  This way, Dr. Elsbree can ensure each patient who becomes a member receives the highest level of attention and care possible.

Can I remain a patient of Dr. Elsbree if I am unable to pay the Annual Physician Fee?

Yes; we welcome you to remain a patient of Dr. Elsbree’s practice if you are unable to pay the Annual Physician fee, however your care will be managed either by our Physician’s Assistant Josh, or our Nurse Practitioner Jennifer who are under the supervision of Dr. Elsbree. Should you require hospitalization then your care would be divided between Dr. Elsbree and our nurse practitioner.

If I become a member of the Hybrid Concierge plan, how often am I allowed to see my doctor?

There are no limits on the number of times that you can be seen for medical conditions.

If I become seriously ill, what are the advantages of being a member of Dr. Elsbree’s Hybrid Concierge plan?

Most importantly, you can be seen on the same day or next day for an acute medical problem. We know that patients have unplanned urgencies or emergencies so we have time allotted for that in our office schedule. If your problem is serious enough to require hospitalization, Dr. Elsbree will oversee your care in the hospital and serve as your attending physician throughout your hospital stay. When you need him most, Dr. Elsbree will be there for you.

Is Dr. Elsbree Board Certified?

Yes, he is certified in Internal Medicine.

I am in a managed care plan can I still join your Hybrid-Concierge medical practice?

Yes. Your annual fee ensures you access to care from me regardless of your insurance plan. However, you should know that your managed care company, or your health maintenance organization (HMO), may refuse to pay for any services or prescriptions that are not ordered by one of their physicians.

What kind of insurance will work best with your Hybrid Concierge medical practice?

Traditional fee-for-service plans, even if part of a preferred provider organization (PPO), will allow us to coordinate your care best. They also permit you to make appointments with specialists yourself, should you desire. Unlike managed care plans and some point-of-service plans, they do not require that your primary care physician be from their network.

If I go to an emergency room on the weekend, or see another doctor, will you pay my bill?

No. Your annual fee ensures you access to care at my office only. I will always be available for emergency phone calls and to act as your advisor. There may be times when we agree that an emergency room visit is necessary. You are responsible for any charges incurred for services not provided by us. If admission to the hospital is necessary then Dr. Elsbree will admit you to the hospital and care for you.

Do I still have to pay the Annual Physician Fee if I am on Medicare?

Yes, you will be required to pay the annual fee. We will bill Medicare for medical services rendered.

Is the annual fee tax deductible?

Although your insurance company probably will not reimburse you for your annual payment, you still may be able to write off a portion of your payment on your income taxes. In addition, if your company has a Flex (Section 125) Plan or a Medical IRA, you should be able to receive reimbursement for your annual payment with “before tax dollars.” We encourage you to talk with your tax advisor and employer about these options.

Will I receive a discount if I don’t have my annual physical exam or use all of your services?

No. Your annual fee covers Dr. Elsbree’s availability for complete supervision of your medical care. We encourage each of our patients to see us on a regular basis. Preventive care is the best foundation for an excellent quality of life.

If I become ill and require extensive medical services, will my bill increase?

Never. It would be unthinkable to penalize you financially for illness.

Is the cost of prescriptions covered or discounted through my Annual Physician Fee?

No. But, as always, Dr. Elsbree will attempt to provide you with free samples whenever possible. We will also always prescribe less expensive generic brand medicines when deemed appropriate.

If I need to be hospitalized, where will I go?

Dr. Elsbree is affiliated with Sarasota Memorial Hospital and HCA Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

What happens if I move after I become a member of your Hybrid Concierge plan?

If you must transfer your care, we will assist you with finding a new physician. Your medical records will be sent promptly upon your release of information. The balance of your yearly fee will be prorated and refunded.

If I get married, can I extend coverage to my new family members?

Yes, if there is availability in my practice. The annual rate will be the same for each member of the family who becomes a member.

Can I still see my gynecologist?

Yes. Dr. Elsbree is well trained and extremely experienced in routine, outpatient gynecological care, but we recognize that many women prefer to see a gynecologist separately.

Who provides my care when Dr. Elsbree is out of town or on vacation?

If Dr. Elsbree is on vacation or out of town, members of the Hybrid Concierge plan will have care provided by either Dr. Elsbree’s nurse practitioner or a covering physician.  If you receive care from a covering physician, your insurance will be billed in the usual manner and you will be responsible for any outpatient copay to that physician. Dr. Elsbree will make every effort to arrange for coverage for all of his patients in his absence.

Where can I find more information about Dr. Elsbree and his Hybrid Concierge medical practice?

For more information, please visit our contact page, about page, or our events page; or call our office at 941-342-1333 to request more information about Dr. Elsbree and his practice.