Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS CONCIERGE MEDICINE?
Concierge medicine (or a concierge practice) is a relationship between a patient and a primary care physician in which the patient pays an annual fee or retainer. In exchange for the retainer, a doctor provides enhanced access -- principally a commitment to drastically limit patient load to ensure ample time and availability for each patient. The annual fee is not for any service covered by insurance or Medicare. Concierge practices often provide members with a 24/7 direct line to the doctor, as Dr. Lowery’s practice does. Concierge practices usually include a personalized multi-faceted annual wellness plan, as Dr. Lowery’s practice does. Most concierge physicians require payment for office visits, labs, etc. and file with your insurance and Medicare, as Dr. Lowery’s practice does. In addition, Dr. Lowery’s practice offers its members personal health resources for diet and lifestyle, beyond a typical concierge practice.
HOW DO YOU DIFFER FROM A DIRECT PRIMARY CARE (DPC) PRACTICE?
Direct primary care (DPC) and concierge medicine are two models of primary care that have exploded in popularity over the last decade. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. Concierge practices and DPC practices are often confused with one another. This is because there are no hard and fast rules (yet) for the terminology in these burgeoning healthcare delivery models. The confusion also stems from both concierge and DPC being similar in philosophy of a “more direct financial relationship with patients and emphasis on comprehensive care and preventive services. *”
As a general rule, the differences* are thus: direct-care practices charge monthly (rather than annually) and sometimes price fees based on patient age. The DPC monthly fee often includes basic office visits. DPC does not accept insurance or Medicare. DPC practices tend to be slightly larger, without the emphasis on enriched services, like executive health. Again, these are general guidelines and every practice differs. *Wikipedia
WHY SHOULD I JOIN FRISCO CONCIERGE MEDICINE?
When you join Frisco Concierge Medicine, you will benefit from a customized health approach founded on your close relationship with your doctor. In addition to more one-on-one time with Dr. Lowery, you will also communicate with him directly at your convenience via phone, text or e-mail anytime. Members enjoy access to special amenities and conveniences saving precious time and offering a more private, thorough, relaxed experience. The Annual Baseline reveals your health status in layman's terms, provides detailed discussion opportunities with Dr. Lowery, and charts your progress toward goals. Dr. Lowery becomes your personal advocate assisting in specialist referrals, treatment options, and complex medical issues.