Dear Timarron Family Medicine Patients,
Lori and I have practiced medicine in our community since 1995, and as owners of Timarron Family Medicine since 1998. You have entrusted our staff and us with your well being and the well being of your loved ones. It is an honor and a privilege caring for you. Running a practice providing the highest quality of care has always been our goal and will remain so; however, environmental challenges to do so are mounting. In part due to these challenges and in part due to demands for services by our patients, we are implementing some changes in how we run our practice.
We are excited about the opportunities the new practice model creates for a more personalized and at times more convenient care of our patients. We are introducing a Tiered Access Health Plan (TAHP) as an opportunity for you to choose a plan of care that suits your needs and wants. Some patients want and need more intensive involvement with their physician for various reasons and some require less. You choose the plan right for you, you and your spouse, or you and your family.
The different plans offer access options as illustrated in the plan chart. In all the plans, I, Dr. Christopher King, MD will be your attending physician for all of your visits unless I am out of the office and you have an acute need. I will be more involved in coordinating your care with other physicians. Your visits will be longer than traditional scheduling allows. Email and phone consultations will be available in Plan I and Plan II, possibly sparing you the cost and hassle of coming into the clinic. You will have my personal cell phone number for 24/7 after-hour emergency phone consultation in Plan I. See chart and FAQs for more details.
Participation in these programs is optional and currently only open to Timarron Family Medicine patients in good standing with the practice. You will pay an annual fee based on the TAHP plan you choose. Most plans cost less than your cable and Internet service and even less than many cell phone plans.
We recognize that not all patients will want or need a TAHP membership. We will continue to offer all of the services we have provided over the years at our same current location. Dr. Lori will continue to see patients as always under the traditional practice model and will be helped by our physician extender(s). Any non-members can still be seen in our clinic, but there will be a $25 administrative fee paid at the time of the visit for the first three office visits of any one calendar year. This fee helps cover the increased costs of doing business and is unrelated to services billed to your insurance company and is in addition to any copay or deductible amount you would owe for the office visit. There will be no administrative fee for any visits after the third visit in any calendar year.
There will be a limited number of patients who can sign up under each TAHP plan. Once a maximum number of patients have signed up, non-members will see Dr. Lori King or one of our physician extenders. Dr. Lori King will continue to work on a part- time basis.
The currently evolving healthcare environment has its challenges. Our goal is keeping our business viable while providing the highest quality medical care available. We have included a list of answers to questions you may have as well as a chart outlining the three TAHP options.
Thank you for your consideration of this proposal and for the trust you have placed in us over the years to be your family physicians.