The fee covers virtually unlimited access to perhaps the most comprehensive primary care practice in this area with management of complex medical problems, acute illnesses and injuries, IV therapy when needed from a physician currently board certified in Internal Medicine and formerly board certified in Emergency Medicine while getting you the best deals we can on tests, medicines, and procedures not provided by our practice.
No. There is no enrollment fee for individuals, households, families, or employers.
DirectMD Greeneville currently provides care for patients 3 years old and up.
We expect to have an open, honest, respectful relationship with you. If you have voiced a complaint that we cannot satisfy together, we will gladly allow you to terminate your membership. If your membership is cancelled, you will receive a refund based on the services rendered. If you wish to rejoin, we will decide if it is appropriate for our practice, and if it is there will be a $250 re-enrollment fee.
DirectMD Greeneville is ideal for you folk. We will give you and your employees quick access to quality, affordable primary medical care while your business incurs a predictable, recurring cost that can be expensed pre-tax as you perhaps already do with health insurance, even though DirectMD Greeneville is not insurance. It is actual medical care without all the middlemen to appease and pay. Because of this we are probably the most personal, simple, transparent, and cost-effective primary care medical practice in the area, requiring 3 fewer employees and roughly $250,000 less in annual overhead.
Under the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model, the patient (you) pays DirectMD Greeneville directly monthly or yearly to receive comprehensive primary medial care. Because DPC practices do not participate in any insurance plans, we are able to avoid the ever-increasing and costly documentation demands and administrative intrusions that come with accepting insurance.
We don’t allow the insurance /hospital /government /large medical group cartel to enter our exam rooms, and they are not a part of our overhead. Because of this, we are probably the most personal, simple, transparent, and cost-effective primary care medical practice in this area, requiring 3 fewer employees and roughly $250,000 less in annual overhead.
We also avoid the onerous patient data collection responsibilities that forces doctors to type into a computer (sometimes breaching patient confidentiality through electronic data transmission) rather than engaging patients eye-to-eye.
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We treat most chronic and acute problems. Chronic problems we treat include but are not limited to: Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, congestive heart failure, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, migraines and other headaches, arthritis, depression, insomnia, ED, GERD, ulcers, epilepsy, obesity, asthma, COPD, seasonal allergies
Acute medical problems that we treat include but are not limited to: Sore throat, strep throat, influenza, allergies, poison ivy rashes, bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, COPD or asthma exacerbations with nebulizer treatments, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, cellulitis, lacerations, abscesses, sprains, strains, minor fractures and burns.
No. Patient privacy is a natural benefit of this medical model. We will never provide any third party with a copy of your records, unless you specifically ask them to do so or if DirectMD Greeneville is subject to subpoena or search warrant.
Dr. Berry does not have hospital privileges, but he will communicate with your hospitalist once he knows that you have been admitted to the hospital to make sure he (she) knows your medical history to insure you get the best care possible. If he is able and you are admitted to Laughlin Hospital, he will visit you in the hospital.
In the age of telemedicine, many conditions can be diagnosed and treated via a simple conversation by phone or webcam. If appropriate, we will locate the nearest pharmacy and order medication most suited for your circumstance. If you need to go to the hospital or seek other medical attention while away from home, we can advise you on that as well.
Absolutely, yes! It’s how we do custom healthcare. After normal office hours our members can text or call Dr. Berry’s cell phone or email him.
At the time of service with a card you have on file, check, or cash.
Medicare & Insurance Questions
We recommend that you have insurance for large medical bills. DirectMD Greeneville does not replace insurance, and ideally we encourage our patients to carry major medical insurance with a high deductible or, when appropriate, a Christian medical cost sharing plan. You should consult with your insurance provider to help you find a plan that works best with our medical model and that will meet your specific needs.
Not for our services, but DirectMD Greeneville will be able to order your labs, x-rays and medications at the facilities preferred by your insurance if you would like.
Sure! Medicare beneficiaries are already signing up. However, your monthly membership fee cannot be submitted to Medicare for reimbursement. If you have not done so already, you will need to sign a Medicare opt out at your next visit declaring that neither you nor your doctor will directly bill Medicare for your membership fee.
Many times patients purchase expensive “Cadillac” plans that require little or no co-pay and that cover all lab costs and prescription costs. However, with DirectMD Greeneville your monthly fee covers all office visits, basic labs and there are no copays. Our patients may find it worthwhile to change from a “Cadillac” health insurance plan to a basic health insurance plan to save money.
Unfortunately according to our accountant – no. This might change in the near future because legislation is currently being considered and lobbied for by DPC practices to rectify this problem. You can still use these accounts to pay for fee-for-service charges pre-tax at DirectMD Greeneville until the membership closes. We hope by that time these accounts will receive tax treatment equal to that of the self-employed and small businesses that can pay for these membership with pre-tax dollars.