When are you accepting patients? Can I join now? What about later?
We will start accepting applications for Beach Cities Medicine on January 1st, 2022. In order to achieve our mission and provide the time and availability necessary for an optimal doctor-patient relationship, we have an enrollment limit. We will be accepting patients in the order that their enrollment materials are completed. Once our enrollment limit is reached, we will create a waiting list of interested patients and will notify them once another slot in our panel of patients is available.
How is Beach Cities Medicine different?
As opposed to a volume-based medical practice, Beach Cities Medicine is focused on being a personalized, patient-focused medical practice, built from the start around optimizing the patient experience and optimizing your health. Enrolled patients can expect to receive the same high standard of care we have always endeavored to provide – but more of it! With appointment times twice as long, we will have more time to ensure that each visit is on time and yet unhurried, comprehensive and yet scientifically sound, honest and yet compassionate. We are designing our schedule to allow for research into your medical questions, coordination of your care, and responsiveness and availability to your needs in ways that high-volume businesses simply cannot provide.
Why a membership fee?
Volume-based primary care relies on many small insurance payments to sustain itself in the absence of support from larger institutions. Unfortunately, this model of healthcare is often impersonal, inconvenient, fragmented, and very hurried. Financial incentives are not aligned with quality patient experiences. In contrast, at Beach Cities Medicine, we have very limited enrollment in order to allow us to design the entire experience around what is best for you. An annual fee allows us to not require the flood of rushed visits and instead to focus all of our energy on optimizing the quality of service, personalized attention, and depth of care for our patients in an unhurried, comprehensive, and personalized manner.
How do I join?
Prospective patients can request more information by simply following the Prospective Members: Request More Info. A complete new patient packet will be sent to you electronically. Alternatively, feel free to call us at (424-437-4700) or email our enrollment team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you with more detailed information and enrollment documents by email. A patient will be considered enrolled once these forms are completed and returned to us.
What if I need to see a specialist?
As a broadly-trained family and sports medicine physician, one of Dr. Wallis’s great joys has always been to be able to take excellent care of the vast majority of patients’ needs. However, we also love being able to connect a patient in need with exceptional specialists – and the better we know our patients and my consultants, the better a connection we can facilitate. In our new practice model, we will be more able to not only recommend great specialists for your needs, but also optimize communication with them and collaborate on your care.
How do I contact my physician?
Of course, if you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. You can call us afterward so that we can assist in your care. For routine matters, depending on the urgency, you may reach out by phone, email, or through our patient portal.
Do I still need insurance?
Yes, our membership fee is not a replacement for medical insurance. We accept most PPO insurances and Medicare, and your usual payment obligations (copays, etc) still apply just as they would anywhere else.
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