Dr. Kanter's medical practice becomes a Membership Practice on July 1, 2018.
Enrollment at this time is reserved for Dr. Kanter's current patients.
Others may check back periodically after July 1st, 2018 for open enrollment to new patients.
Accordingly, at this time, the following FAQs are applicable only to Dr. Kanter's current patients.
What is a Membership Practice?
The membership practice model is one in which each patient who is a member of the practice pays an Annual Fee. The fee covers the Internal Medicine care received in-office, as well as enhanced services not normally available in a traditional medical practice such as extended office hours, direct access to the physician by cell phone or email, same or next day sick appointments, unhurried office visits, and short in-office wait times.
How do I join?
If you are currently one of Dr. Kanter's patients, you may enroll in the Membership Practice. Go to the home page of this website, click on the Enroll Now button, and enter the enrollment code found in the letter you received from my office. This will take you to the Membership page with instructions for completing the enrollment.
Alternatively, you may call my office at 301-530-0400 and ask for an enrollment packet.
How much is the Annual Fee, and what payment options are available?
Annual fee paid by check: $1900.
Annual fee paid by credit: $2000
Details on payment options including paying by installment are available on the Membership page or int the enrollment packet you may request from my office.
Note: Adult children ages 26 and under of current patients may join the practice for $1000/year.
Do I need to keep my existing health insurance?
Yes. This membership model is NOT an insurance plan. You will need to keep your existing health insurance to cover specialist physician services, laboratory tests, x-ray and other diagnostic services, prescription drugs, and hospitalizations. In most cases, patients may submit for insurance reimbursement an invoice that I will provide for you for each office visit.
Why does the membership contract specify 10 visits?
For legal purposes, the contract allows a finite number of visits per year (ten) plus an annual physical exam. Additional appointments would incur a $50 charge per visit. Note, in the ten years during which Dr. Kanter has had a membership practice model for her Medicare patients, no one has used more than the allotted visits. Legally, she is required to stipulate a number.
May I cancel and get a refund?
You may withdraw from Dr. Kanter’s practice at any time. You will be refunded the prorated fee minus $800 if you have already had your annual physical examination with Dr. Kanter.
Can I submit bills to my insurance company?
Yes. Dr. Kanter will give you an invoice for each visit, which you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. Check with your health insurance company for more information. Patients with Medicare may NOT submit a bill for reimbursement.
Can I pay the membership/annual fee out of a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?
Some Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans may reimburse you for all or part of the membership fee. Check with your human resources representative or HSA/FSA plan manager to find out the specific details of your employer’s plans.