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
- CIRS, Mycotoxin Illness, MCAS
- 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
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 per hour
- Follow up with Sara, <60 minutes: $200 per hour
- Follow Up 60-75 minutes, with Meg or Dr. Manzanero: $325
- Follow Up 75-90 min: $350
- Options available for short appointments, per practitioner discretion (<20 minutes)
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, requires a small-to-no-copay, and gives the illusion that medical care involves minimal out-of-pocket costs. The reality is that medical practices don’t receive any of the high monthly insurance premiums that we pay, and in order to survive financially, practitioners have to see a lot of patients and hope for insurance reimbursement (check out this great restaurant analogy if you want a general idea of how complex reimbursement is!).
A typical functional medicine visit at CCM is an hour with the patient, plus dedicated time beyond the appointment.
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 have a second opinion on one lab panel that was performed in the last 6 months (including functional medicine testing, except ION panels).
The reality is that no patient or practitioner can successfully improve health in 2-3 visits. Changing and improving chronic health issues takes commitment!
Meg highly recommends a 10-week in-depth case review, especially for those with the following concerns:
- Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
- Weight loss jump-start
- Suspected Mycotoxin-induced illness/CIRS (read this prior to seeking treatment)
Cost: $1200 for 10 weeks of treatment (includes up to 5 appointments)
**Does not include test costs or treatments, but Meg is conservative with these
“Health is improved and maintained by optimizing our daily habits. This requires guidance and personalization!” – Meg McElroy MS, PA-C
- 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.