What to Expect
So, you have decided to come in for a visit. Yay! We know you have a lot of questions and we want to share with you what to expect during your consultation.
As a new patient, you will meet with Dr. Farris for an initial consultation. The consultation will last approximately an hour. During that time Dr. Farris will review your medical history and will take the time to understand your needs and goals. If you have current blood work (within the last 90 days), please bring that to your appointment. If not, Dr. Farris will request blood work. He needs that information to manage your care as effectively and safely as possible.
You will need to see Dr. Farris once on your initial visit, once at about 90 days and then about once every six months. You will always be seen by the doctor, not by a nurse or PA. Each visit will last about an hour. You will need blood work every six to nine months.
At the end of each visit, you will receive programming/recommendations as well as any appropriate prescriptions. Dr. Farris is always available to answer a quick question by phone. In depth discussions do require an appointment.
Please note that at this time we do not take insurance. Insurance companies still consider Functional Medicine as alternative medicine so they do not cover most Functional Medicine services. Unlike traditional medicine, however, you will spend approximately 55 minutes meeting with Dr. Farris instead of the 4 to 6 minutes allotted to traditional physicians.
Note About Blood Work: If you have insurance that will cover blood work, we will code your labs so you can submit them to your insurance company. For labs, we will send you to one of the Any Lab Test Now Facilities where blood work is much less expensive as a self-pay patient. Our goal is to allow you to maximize use of your insurance dollars and make treatment as affordable as possible.
Costs: Consultations are $250.00, so it will generally be $750.00 the first year and about $500.00 each year thereafter unless you need to make changes to your programming. Labs through Any Lab Test Now range from $199 to $399 depending on the information that Dr. Farris needs. The first Lab needed is generally the most comprehensive. As always, we will try to keep those costs to a minimum.
Telehealth Options: If you are unable to come in to the office for a visit, we can provide a link to a HIPAA compliant online Telehealth portal. This is a great option for folks who are outside of the Charlotte/Concord area or for folks who just prefer this means of communication. There is no additional fee for this option, just make sure you let our office know that this is your preferred method of office visit.
Prescriptions: If you have insurance, confirm with the pharmacy that they cover your medications. At this time we do not provide insurance companies with prior authorizations for any medications. Alternatively, our office has the ability to order prescription products that may be less than you can purchase locally. We do encourage you to shop around. FYI, a 10 week supply (depending on your dosing) of injectable testosterone cypionate runs about $140 from our pharmacy. The doctor can adjust dosing for prescriptions one time in between visits, if needed. Additional changes to prescriptions will require an office visit to determine the underlying cause for the adjustment.
I hope this helps to provide you with an idea of what to expect when you come in for a visit. If you need further information, please call our office at 704-786-4970.