Late/Missed Appointments and Rescheduling/Payment Policy
We have arranged our clinic slots each day to minimize your wait and maximize your time spent with your healthcare provider. We ask that you value our time as we value yours. If you have not filled out your appointment paperwork in advance, please arrive 20 minutes early for a new patient establish care visit or 10 minutes early for established care continuity/urgent visits. If your paperwork is complete ahead of time, we ask that you still arrive 5-10 minutes in advance. You can download the paperwork here or pick it up from our office during normal business hours.
In order to provide this high level of care, late arrivals 10 minutes or more past the appointment start time must be rescheduled. We require a 24 hour notification for cancellations and bill the visit cost for missed appointments. We will not be able to schedule another appointment until any balance from a missed appointment has been paid.
Controlled Substance Policy for Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville
At Integrative Family Medicine it is our goal to explore natural and holistic methods for treating medical problems prior to prescribing controlled substances. We will not prescribe controlled substances for patients on their first visit, and will only prescribe them for established patients after the third visit. If necessary, we will prescribe controlled substances only as part of a holistic treatment plan.
We require a controlled substance agreement that outlines how we prescribe these medications and establishes an understanding that you may only receive controlled substances from one provider or clinic. If a patient is found to be non-compliant with this agreement, we hold the right to refuse any future care at Integrative Family Medicine. We will not refill controlled substances from other physicians under any circumstances.
If you have a condition that will require chronic narcotic prescriptions we recommend that you establish care with a pain management center. We would be happy to coordinate our services with such a center, and have a variety therapies such as counseling, acupuncture, yoga, qigong, meditation, nutrition, and massage that work well for chronic conditions. We may be able to help you decrease or eliminate your need for pain medications. We do not have any narcotic medication on the premises of Integrative Family Medicine.
Phone Calls and Secure Emails
We call or email with lab results as part of our routine service for Integrative Life Members. In these communications, we will discuss the laboratory findings in relation to your previous visit. If you have questions beyond that visit or in relation to other topics, we ask that you schedule an appointment to discuss them in person. If you have a brief question for one of our providers, we encourage patients to use our secure Patient Fusion messaging system which is available to members.
For after hours questions or concerns, we provide 24-hour phone support through our nurse triage service. Please call 911 for any emergencies after hours.
Clinical forms and paperwork from other offices
We will complete clinical forms that are part of your office visit such as routine DOT forms or routine physical forms for school. We will provide copies of any records generated by services provided at our office and make available a secure Patient Portal so you may access all your records online at your convenience. We encourage you to work with us to keep these records up to date if you are working with other providers that may change your medication or treatments.
If you have forms outside of routine care during your visit or require us to complete in-depth paperwork from other offices, we will charge based on the time required for completion at a rate of $45 per ten minute increment.
Pap Smear and Biopsy Policy
Pap smear and biopsy prices include two charges, one from Integrative Family Medicine and one from a pathologist who works for our third party laboratory, Labcorp. Integrative Life members typically pay just $25 for a Pap exam—this is the charge passed on to us by Labcorp—though it may occasionally be more. Additional details are found below.
We have negotiated prices for pap exams and biopsies with Labcorp to give our patients the best chance at getting the lowest possible price. Sometimes when the specimen has abnormalities the pathologist has to perform extra tests, based on what she is seeing with the specimen before her.
In this scenario, Labcorp bills Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville (IFMA) for the additional testing at our reduced rates. We will then bill the patient for any additional charges at the rate Labcorp bills our office, with no surcharges. By undergoing the procedure, you agree to pay any additional fees incurred by the required supplemental testing.
If you prefer, we can have Labcorp bill you directly for their charges, but this usually results in higher overall costs since they will give you their standard retail pricing. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please inquire with our staff prior to the procedure.
Integrative Life Program Collaborating Provider Policy
We understand that many of our patients see a variety of providers. We support our patients in being proactive in their well-being and are happy to collaborate with other providers to achieve this goal.
If you have lab work from another provider that you would like for us to review, please schedule an appointment to address this in person. If needed, we can provide this service over the phone for the price of an ILM phone visit ($20), given that we have a legible copy of the lab reports.
At times, collaborating providers have requested that their patients obtain lab work through IFMA to support their work up. We will perform such lab work as long as it is part of our routine panel of labs and deemed reasonable in terms of interval and necessity. Please understand that we are liable to follow through for any abnormal lab results processed through our clinic and cannot have work ups processed without knowing the context.
We will not process labs for other providers that are not part of our routine work up. We have negotiated pricing with Labcorp for a select number of labs, and we offer these labs to ILM members either for free or at our cost. Labs outside of our negotiated panel will not be any less expensive when ordered through IFMA, and it will better for your provider to order directly through Labcorp themselves. Such results would be sent directly to you or the provider and reduce the opportunity for error.