SERVICES & WHAT WE TREAT
Most of our patients, who live all over Texas, in Austin, and even out of state, see the licensed practitioners at Center for Collaborative Medicine for the following conditions:
- Thyroid conditions (hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, Grave’s Disease) or symptoms (fatigue, “brain fog”, insomnia, etc), including medical management
- Hormonal imbalances (including bioidentical hormone prescriptions)
- Cardiometabolic conditions (Type 2 Diabetes, weight concerns, high cholesterol)
Meg McElroy is CCM’s go-to practitioner for advanced functional medicine, including conditions such as:
- Gut Conditions (persistent bloating, IBS, SIBO, etc)
- All Autoimmune Conditions
- Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)
- CIRS, Mycotoxin Illness
- Health optimization (particularly, prevention of the biological processes that lead to Alzheimer’s Disease, which start 20-30 years before diagnosis)
In functional medicine, details dictate many decisions in testing and care. On average, new patients can expect to spend 90 minutes face-to-face with the practitioner, but an additional 30-60 minutes are spent on preparation for and documentation after the visit. Total time included in cost = 2-3 hours.
- New patient visit, 75-90 minutes with Meg or Dr. Manzanero: $450
- New patient visit, 75 minutes with Sara: $400
Many functional medicine practices in Austin offer one visit for thousands of dollars, with limited access to the practitioner.
Knowing this, Meg (who’s always “thinking outside the box” after trying to find the best care for her own health issues), decided to offer a 4-month package that provided up to 4 visits with her, plus more accessibility to her and her 20+ years of knowledge/wisdom.
This option is for people who:
- Have seen many healthcare practitioners and still aren’t feeling better
- High performing healthy individuals that want to optimize performance and success at work and in life
- Have mycotoxin illness, MCAS, CIRS
- Want to be proactive and utilize testing that looks at risk for Alzheimer’s, autoimmunity, and more.
This is not for pediatric patients (under 12 years old), those with cancer, or those with ALS.
She only accepts a few patients every few months to have elite concierge care. This care includes:
- Weekly check-ins for the first 2 months, then one every 2 weeks
- Unlimited email correspondence
- 4 appointments
- 1 Comprehensive new patient visit
- Up to 3 one-hour visits (in person or via telemedicine)
- Guidance on food preparation based off the patient’s preferences and schedule
- Personalized protocols based off lab results and lifestyle preferences
- Dedicated 2+ hours per week on indirect care (e.g. reviewing European journals for new treatment options, etc)
Cost: $3500 (paid in full), or 4 payments of $900 per month (total of $3600)
**Lab costs not included; may be eligible for HSA/FSA coverage
**Meg does not answer messages on weekends, to maintain a good work-life balance
Meg knows that it’s not easy to pay cash for a medical visit! After all, a typical medical visit on insurance lasts less than 15 minutes! This gives the illusion that medical care should be provided with minimal out-of-pocket costs (i.e. a copay). But many patients don’t realize how the practitioners ultimately get paid (check out this great restaurant analogy if you want a general idea).
A typical functional medicine visit at CCM is an hour with the patient, and usually up to an hour indirectly via charting and email follow ups (in order to provide more education rather than telling patients to take a pill and hope it works).
If you want to check out how Meg works, but aren’t ready to commit, schedule a 20-30 minute consultation (in-person or virtual)! (If you choose to continue care, the cost for this visit, $125, is applied towards the comprehensive new patient visit.)
- Option to perform one lab panel at your local lab, to be reviewed at the appointment [Thyroid, Hormone, CardioMetabolic, or Nutrient panel]
- **Lab costs billed to insurance.
After we know more about a patient’s history and risks, follow up appointments take less time (on average). Practitioners still spend 30 minutes beyond the face-to-face appointment on patient care (total of >1.5 hours of dedicated practitioner care per visit) .
- Follow Up <60 minutes, with Meg or Dr. Manzanero: $225
- Follow up with Sara, <60 minutes: $200
- Follow Up > 60 minutes, with Meg or Dr. Manzanero: $325
- Options available for short appointments, per practitioner discretion (<20 minutes)
Available only with Meg at this time. Eligibility determined at new patient enrollment visit.
- This option is for any stabilized condition that just needs periodic follow-ups, or for anyone who simply wants to optimize his/her health trajectory.
- Labs, supplements, and prescriptions are not included in price (but many of these are partially or fully covered by insurance).
- Specialty functional labs ARE an option (we are contracted with more than 12 companies, and can run over 100 types of test through these)
- $450 enrollment (includes a new patient visit)
- $85 per month
- No yearly enrollment fee
- Two 1-hour visits are included (not including initial new patient visit for first year); additional visits per established patient pricing
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- Most labs that we order CAN be billed to insurance.
- We ask patients to contact his/her insurance company for out of network coverage. We will provide the necessary receipt for patients to submit to insurance.
- We’ve had some patients receive 30-50% reimbursement from insurance for our services, so it is worth a try to submit “superbills” to insurance.
- Because we are licensed healthcare providers, providing medical services, patients can use HSA (Health Savings Accounts) for payment of CCM services.
Center for Collaborative Medicine is not contracted with any medical insurance companies, nor are we contracted with Medicaid or Medicare.
Insurance companies do not like to reimburse practitioners when they educate patients, which is why most insurance-based doctor’s visits are short!
Since we spend a lot of time with patients, and we prefer to talk with patients (not argue with insurance companies), we are a cash-based practice.