Frequently Asked Questions
Scheduling & Visits
What Are The Restrictions On Virtual Doctor's Visits?
If you are NOT a California resident, your initial visit at Takoma Park Alternative Care must be in person. After the first visit, all follow up visits can be conducted by phone or virtually using our secure video channel if you choose.
Patients have unlimited email contact with their Takoma Park Alternative Care provider team. However, if an email question or request is deemed by one of our staff to be too complicated or involved for a response via email they may, at their discretion, require that the member schedule a phone, telemedicine or in person follow up visit instead of responding via email.
Scheduling & Cancellations
No-shows: If you do not show up to a phone, video/telemedicine or in person appointment without notifying the specific person you have an appointment with either via email or by changing the appointment using the online scheduling tool on the patient portal, you will be charged $100 to the card on file.
Billing & Insurance
We Are Not A Conventional Primary Care Physician
It is important to note the following however:
1. We do not fulfill an insurance company’s requirement for an in network primary care physician as we are not in-network with any insurance plan.
2. We are not available for same-day emergency appointments.
3. We do not have a 24-hour answering service and do not take calls on weekends. If you need to be seen urgently or have a medical emergency you would need to visit an ER or urgent care center.
We Do Not Bill Insurance Companies
The cost of any services provided by Takoma Park Alternative Care which are not included in the episode of care fee are payable at the time of service.
Non-Takoma Park Alternative Care medical expenses such as lab tests and prescription medications may be covered by a member’s health insurance plan per that plan’s rules.
Takoma Park Alternative Care will not submit a medical claim to insurance on your behalf. We cannot assist you with claim resolution for our services.
We will provide you with a detailed billing summary that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement. There may be procedures or lab tests that are not covered depending on your plan’s rules.
About Lab Tests
- Most lab tests ordered by a Takoma Park Alternative Care physician will be billed directly to your insurance by the lab.
- Some lab tests we offer as part of our integrative medicine testing program may not be covered by insurance and in these cases you will be charged a fee for a particular test by the lab or through Takoma Park Alternative Care.
- The specific tests ordered will be personalized to you based on your initial evaluation with an Takoma Park Alternative Care doctor and may include blood saliva urine or stool testing.
- We will make every effort to make you fully aware of any additional lab fees that may be incurred and to give you the opportunity to choose which lab tests you feel comfortable paying for.
- You are under no obligation to purchase any specialty testing.
- Should any lab results indicate you may need further testing you will be directed to continue your care with your primary care physician or a relevant specialist, or should you choose you may continue to work with your Takoma Park Alternative Care physician.
- At home test kits: If a lab test kit is mailed to you by Takoma Park Alternative Care, you will be charged the day the kit is mailed.
- If your particular insurance company only pays for blood work done at a particular lab facility like LabCorp, you must inform us of this in advance of having blood work done. Most insurance plans cover labs done by major national labs – however, including Quest, which is a lab often used by Takoma Park Alternative Care Health because of their proximity and favorable pricing policies for patients.