Avicenna was a 10th-century physician and scholar, considered the father of early modern medicine. His books were used as primary texts in medicine for over four centuries. Avicenna recognized the importance of preventive care in the health and wellbeing of people and society. We honor his commitment to learning, teaching and practicing with our practice name.
“Primary care” is the diagnosis and treatment of routine illnesses and injuries, including prevention of serious problems later. That includes monitoring of general health and managing chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes. For most people, primary care is 80-90% of all their medical needs.
Dr. Bilal Mannan, Dr. Lubna Malik, Dr. Hyasmine Charles and Dr. Sohaib Mannan. Please refer to the Our Team tab for more info on each of us.
Direct Primary Care is a membership-based healthcare model that provides patients with direct access to their physician without the involvement of insurance companies. It offers personalized and comprehensive care, including preventive services, chronic disease management, and basic urgent care, all for a flat monthly free of any contracts or long term commitments.
Chronic issues such as poor diet, high blood pressure or inadequate sleep are unseen or untreated for years before they have serious consequences. For example, hypertension (high blood pressure) is known as the “silent killer,” with no symptoms until a stroke or a heart attack occurs. But if high blood pressure is detected and addressed promptly, that catastrophic event can often be prevented entirely.
Similarly, many conditions such as obesity, diabetes and sleep apnea can be managed and even reversed with accessible primary and preventive care.You can get more from your health care dollars when you choose how to spend them. Instead of debating coverage with your insurance company, as an Avicenna member you can pay a low cash price, save money overall, and gain more time working with a physician toward your optimal health.
DPC offers what you have a right to expect: doctors who treat you when you are sick and help keep you well. It sounds simple. It is simple.
- Extended 30 to 60-minute visits
- Unlimited visits with no co-pays, deductibles or surprise billing
- Zero to minimal wait time
- Quick appointments and access to your physician with in-person visits, video calls, text, and email
- Access to medical records 24/7
- In-house medication dispensing (for a fee, select medications only) at cost or discounted prices
- Discounted prices for common tests and procedures
- Pharmacist consultation and medication management
- Annual physicals, sports physicals, employment physicals
No, but note that quite often, followup visits address problems that were never well-managed to begin with. Since no one should spend too many hours in a doctor’s office, we’ll try to get those under control. With more thorough visits and the ability to keep in touch using technology, we can help address each issue more effectively.
Of course, we will point out how you can help— for example, how your diet, exercise and other habits can affect your health. We view primary care as a true partnership, not just a series of checkmarks. When we all bring our best thinking to that partnership, we can accomplish quite a lot.
Seeing fewer patients and not having to work through insurance reclaims time to use the full range of our training and to leverage information technology to “practice smarter.” So we can keep costs where they need to be, while still providing exceptional care. At last count, over half a million Americans are enrolled in a DPC practice, and that number is growing.
Alongside standard primary care we offer a suite of other plans and services such as metabolic health optimization, diabetes reversal, weight loss etc. Often times patients with multiple or specific issues require closer monitoring and more targeted aggressive treatment plans that require the help of our doctors, health coach, group and individual meetings. You can find the different options available here.
Additionally, those who do not wish to change their primary care physician can take advantage of these plans as we can help them with their particular issue aggressively.
By addressing issues that other primary care physicians would not have time to do, we can minimize outside referrals, which reduces your costs and simplifies your care. We also have the time to consult with specialists in the community, when needed, to confirm a treatment approach.
Should you need a specialty referral, because we are independent we are not bound to any particular health system or network, we are able to find the best and most suitable specialist for your particular needs. Likewise, you are free to choose any lab service of your choice.
You can use your insurance to pay for these or if you do not have insurance we have negotiated very affordable rates for most labs, imaging and tests.
For all true emergencies, such as unstable chest pain, difficulty breathing, uncontrolled bleeding, and serious injuries, we recommend you call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
This is when your health insurance plan covers a portion of the costs associated with medical services. When you visit a healthcare provider, you are responsible for paying the fee or copayment specified in your insurance plan for each service received. The insurance company then pays their portion of the eligible expenses directly to the provider. This is also referred to as fee-for-service model.
A fee-for-service medical practice is a healthcare model where medical providers are reimbursed for each individual service they provide. Patients or their insurance companies pay a specific fee for each medical service rendered, such as office visits, televisions, procedures, tests, or treatments.
At Avicenna Direct Care we are able to serve both insurance-based patrons and membership-based. However, we believe that primary and preventive care is better served in a membership-based way. This is why many of our membership-based patron have insurance but do not use it for their primary care as it is more costly and provides less value than opting for membership-based offerings.
Fee-for-service insurance typically covers a wide range of medical services, including office visits, diagnostic tests, laboratory work, surgeries, hospitalizations, prescription medications, and specialized treatments. The coverage depends entirely on your specific insurance plan and its associated benefits. Please note that insurance coverage does not imply that there will not be any out of pocket expenses for you. Please familiarize yourself with any out of pocket expenses that insurance plan may have - copays, deductibles, co-insurance, family max etc.
The amount you have to pay for each service depends on your insurance plan's fee schedule and your individual plan details. This can include copayments (fixed amount per service), coinsurance (percentage of the service cost), and deductibles (amount you must pay before insurance coverage kicks in). Reviewing your insurance plan or contacting your insurance provider directly can provide more accurate information on your costs. Amounts vary state to state, insurance to insurance, plan to plan. Full coverage with zero out of pocket costs is rarely ever the case.
In a fee-for-service insurance model, the healthcare provider typically submits claims on your behalf to the insurance company for services rendered. However, it's always important to review your insurance plan's guidelines to understand if there are any specific procedures or requirements for claim submission.
All insurance plans have certain limitations or exclusions. These can include specific procedures or treatments that may not be covered, certain experimental treatments, cosmetic procedures, or services. It's essential to review your insurance plan's policy or contact your insurance provider to understand any limitations or exclusions that may apply.
Reviewing your insurance plan's coverage details or contacting your insurance provider directly can help you determine if a specific service is covered.
The best way to know this is to call your insurance and find out. Please call your insurance carrier andassk if Dr. Lubna Malik, Dr. Bilal Mannan, Dr. Hyasmine Charles or Avicenna Direct Care comes up as IN NETWORK for your plan. This is the BEST way to get the answer you need. It is the responsibility of the patient to check prior to coming in for an appointment. You are welcome to come to our practice even if we don't take your insurance as a cash paying patient or enroll in our membership plan. Many of our patients prefer this over insurance as it is often a more cost effective option.
As per the American Medical Association and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (www.CMS.gov), if any abnormalities or pre-existing problems are discovered and addressed during a preventative exam, it can be separately billed to your insurance. For example, if a urine dip or Hemoglobin done at your visit comes back abnormal, there may be further work up and planning. From a preventive aspect it is important to run these tests as they can help us detect diseases earlier and start the treatment ahead of times. Abnormalities such as heart murmur, abnormal weight or blood pressure, delayed milestones, or behavioral issues are examples of issues that may come up in a well visit, which would then be billed as additional work up. These are just a few examples of a multitude of possible issues. A "sick" and a well visit may BOTH be billed in this case.
No. Please call the office as soon as you get the bill if you think there is an error, or you have any questions about the bill.
The term "Maximum Benefits Reached" on your statement typically refers to the point at which you have utilized the maximum coverage or benefits allowed under your insurance plan for a specific period. It indicates that you have reached the maximum limit or cap for certain services or categories of services.
Insurance plans often set limits on the amount they will pay for certain services, treatments, or procedures within a specific time frame, such as a calendar year. Once you reach this maximum benefit amount, the insurance company may no longer provide coverage for those particular services, and you become responsible for any additional costs. For example, an insurance carrier may limit the number of well visits or sick visits per year and once that is reached any additional doctor visits will be the patient's responsibility.
We understand such caps can be very frustrating and difficult for many people, especially children, larger families or those with complex conditions. This is why we recommend membership-based care for such patrons to avoid unnecessary bills and limits on care.
Yes we do. However if you are using your insurance then your insurance may not cover such a visit as it is not a well-visit or a 'sick' visit. Many insurances do not. We charge $75 dollars per for any visit that requires physical and a form associated with it. All forms require 7 days of processing time. All urgent physicals and associated forms are charged at $125 / visit.
**please note these charges are only for insurance-based patrons and not members.
Depending on the complexity of the visit, a higher visit code may be used.
Since complex care, surgery and/or hospitalizations affect most people at some point, we advise having medical cost sharing or traditional insurance for these occasions for larger medical needs and catastrophic care. However, our practice offers a level of primary prevention and treatment that can reduce those events.
Though your Avicenna membership fee will not count toward your health insurance deductible or out-of-pocket limit, any tests, procedures or medications that we order or prescribe will count toward your annual deductible/ISA (and out of pocket limit if they are eligible for insurance reimbursement).
We encourage HMO members to consider a less restrictive plan at their next opportunity.
Our commitment is to maintain our current fee structure as long as possible and to keep any future increases as low as possible. If we do have to raise fees, we will always notify you in advance of your monthly renewal date.
The US tax code does not allow that at this time. A draft IRS proposal is in discussion as of November, 2020. Consult your tax advisor for any updates.
Apart from the monthly fee, however, any test or treatment that we order for you, such as labs, radiology, and medications, can be applied to an HSA, HRA, or FSA, at this time.