Do you take insurance?
We are categorized as “out-of-network” providers for insurance plans. We will provide the documentation required for you to bill your insurance company, and you will be reimbursed according to your out-of-network benefits. If you are unsure what your benefits are, please check with your insurance company prior to your appointment. In addition to our professional fees – there are the lab tests. Even though we are “out of network” – the labs we use may be in your network. We can provide you the list, for you to check with your insurance company.
Do I need a referral from my physician before I schedule an appointment?
No – physician referrals are not needed.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your first visit is typically one hour long and will include review of your comprehensive medical history and a physical exam. Then, testing that is targeted to your symptoms and problems will be ordered. Treatment may be initiated at the first visit depending on your clinical situation. Please bring all of your medications and supplements (bottles) to your first visit for the doctor to review.
You will also have an hour long initial follow-up appointment after testing is done. At that visit, a comprehensive treatment plan will be developed for you. Subsequent visits will be 30 minutes long, typically, and will occur every 3-12 months depending on your progress.
What kind of testing can I expect?
Testing will be dependent upon your clinician's assessment of your conditions and diagnoses, but is likely to include some specialty testing beyond routine blood testing. Some of the specialty testing we incorporate into your evaluation includes:
1. DUTCH - Comprehensive Hormone Testing
2. GI Function Testing
3. Neurotransmitter Testing
4. Heavy Metal Testing
5. Food Sensitivity Testing
6. Saliva & Blood Spot Testing
7. Advanced Cardiovascular Testing
8. Targeted Genetic (Genome) Testing
Where do I get bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are available in some mass produced, pharmaceutical products available at any retail pharmacy. Examples of these include some patches and gels. Bioidentical hormones can also be custom formulated for you at a compounding pharmacy, usually in a cream form. Your prescription will depend on your specific needs and factors such as financial abilities and convenience of location.
Do you prescribe other medications or just bioidentical hormones?
We combine traditional medicine with complementary medicine – and prescribe what is best for the patient. So yes, we will prescribe other medications if necessary, not just bioidentical hormones.
Direct Primary Care FAQ
What will my cost be per visit?
$0! Your membership covers the cost of your PCP visits whether it be in-person or remotely. You can visit multiple times a month without additional cost.
Do I still need insurance if I am a DPC member?
Yes! While your primary care needs will be managed by our practitioner, we encourage members to seek health insurance for unexpected ER visits, referral to specialists, surgeries, etc.
If I have commercial health insurance, can I still use it?
Yes! We encourage our members to carry health insurance. While DPC services are not directly covered by insurance, members are eligible to receive an itemized receipt they can submit for reimbursement, apply to medications, labs, etc.
Are there health insurance plans that pair with DPC services?
Yes! Ask our practitioner for resources.
What is the difference between functional medicine and DPC?
If you are an existing patient of Drs. Sweat, Dennison, or Huecker, patients can utilize DPC services for acute illnesses, blood pressure management, medication management, annual exams, GYN exam, etc. While the two services may coincide, both have clear definitions of what services are provided. Patients new to IHS are encouraged to explore the multiple facets of comprehensive healthcare offered.