1. How does your medical practice differ from a traditional practice?
Personal Physicians of Connecticut, LLC (PPC) employs a unique type of medical practice design that allows physicians to limit the size of their practices to several hundred rather than several thousand patients. This reduced practice size enables us to offer same-day or next-day appointments with little or no waiting time, longer and more relaxed patient visits, dramatically enhanced access (i.e., 24/7 direct physician cell phone availability) and other important healthcare amenities.
2. What is the mission?
PPC seeks to provide intensive, personalized primary medical care for patients by offering preferred physician access and exceptional service.
3. Who will serve as the covering physician when my physician is not available?
During times when Dr. Slogoff is on vacation, Dr. Rand will provide call coverage, and when Dr. Rand is on vacation, Dr Slogoff will provide call coverage.
4. Do I still need health insurance if I enroll with you?
Yes. Membership in PPC does not take the place of health insurance coverage. PPC is a primary care medical practice, not a health insurance program. PPC strongly recommends that its members maintain health insurance coverage for all of their healthcare needs.
5. Will my health insurance plan still be billed for my office visits?
Since PPC does not participate with any commercial or government-sponsored health insurance plans, these plans will not be billed for any of the services rendered by Drs. Slogoff and Rand. If, however, your private health insurance plan provides coverage for “out-of-network” services, PPC’s highly responsive staff will be happy to provide you with the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance carrier so that you may obtain reimbursement for PPC’s per-visit fee.
6. Is there a copay at the time of an office visit?
No. Since Drs. Slogoff and Rand do not participate with any commercial or government-sponsored health insurance plans, no copays need be collected. The total charge for medical care during each office visit will be a flat, per-visit fee. (Please contact the office for more details regarding this flat, per-visit fee.)
7. If I am a Medicare beneficiary, may I still join Personal Physicians of Connecticut, LLC?
Yes. Patients with Medicare insurance coverage may still receive all of the same services that PPC provides to non-Medicare patients. However, each Medicare patient must sign a waiver acknowledging that Drs. Slogoff and Rand, as the physicians, will not bill Medicare for their services and that they, as the patient, will agree not to seek compensation from Medicare for such services.
8. Will my private insurance reimburse my annual fee?
It is unlikely that the annual fee will be reimbursable. However, certain Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans may possibly allow for reimbursement for all or part of the fees for physician services. Members should consult with their human resources representative at their place of employment, or their HSA or FSA plan managers.
9. Is the annual fee tax-deductible?
Patients are advised to consult with their tax advisor or accountant to clarify whether such qualification applies in their particular circumstance.
10. What about coverage for laboratory tests, x-rays, specialists’ fees, and hospitalizations?
All medical services that are currently covered outside of PPC’s office will continue to be billed directly by the performing entity. (The only exception to this rule is an HMO-type health insurance plan, which requires that such referrals be made only by “in-network” physicians. Please check with your health insurance plan to confirm that you are not currently subject to this restriction.)
11. Will I be required to pay my annual fee even if I do not use your services?
Yes. Paying your annual fee provides for membership in the practice, regardless of whether you are sick or well. PPC strongly encourages you to utilize the amenities offered, including preventive health consultations and e-mail communications for appropriate, non-urgent medical questions.