Frequently Asked Questions

My goal is to provide the highest quality medical care and service, emphasizing a proactive, comprehensive approach to both disease prevention and wellness. These services will be provided in a relaxed, and yet professional setting. From the moment you enter my office, I want you to be completely satisfied with every aspect of your care.

My practice size is limited so I can devote more time to each patient’s care and individual needs. This practice model allows me to schedule up to 30 minutes for routine appointments and approximately 60 minutes for the annual exam. Appointments start promptly, and I am able to spend more time with you. If a problem requires extra time for evaluation, I accommodate you to the best of my ability. Also, our communication is enhanced through patient-dedicated cell phone and email.

I am on staff at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Presence St. Joseph Hospital.

My goal is to be available to my patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There will be occasions when I am out of town or otherwise unavailable. In these situations, a trusted colleague will serve as my covering physician.

Yes. My medical practice does not take the place of general health insurance coverage. My practice is a primary care medical practice, not a health insurance program. You are advised to continue your PPO, Medicare or other insurance program as well as participation in your FSA or HSA plan.

I intend to remain an “in-network” provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and will bill your insurance directly for office visits. (Office visit charges are not included in your annual fee.) If the terms of your insurance plan require a co-pay, I am obligated to request payment at time of service.

For all other plans, I will be out-of-network and there will be no need to collect a co-pay. To compensate for my out-of-network status, my office visit fees will be reduced for all patients.

I will attempt to refer you to in-network physicians for any necessary consultations and to in-network facilities for diagnostic tests and hospitalizations as medically indicated. All procedures and services not performed in my office will be billed by the performing entity.
Those services will then be covered according to your particular insurance plan.

Yes. I will file your claim with Medicare, as well as with your supplemental insurer on your behalf, as required by law. For any patients who may have a Medicare Advantage plan, office visit fees will continue to be the responsibility of the patient.