FAQs

This page contains an ever-growing list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about my practice.

Q: Are you accepting new patients?
A: Yes. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances.

Q: Can I transfer care to you?
A: Possibly. Please submit a brief statement describing why you need to transfer care to us. In addition, we’ll require you to sign an unrestricted, two-way release of information (ROI) for your current provider.

We’ll decide whether to offer you an appointment after we’ve reviewed your statement and spoken to your current provider.

Q: Will you see me if I’ve been fired by another provider?
A: Possibly. Please submit a brief statement describing why you were terminated (fired) by your prior provider. Your statement should also explain why those problems are unlikely to happen again here. In addition, we’ll require you to sign an unrestricted, two-way release of information (ROI) for the provider who terminated you.

We’ll decide whether to offer you an appointment after we’ve reviewed your statement and spoken to your prior provider.

Q: Do you take insurance?
A: No. I’m out of network with all health plans.

Q: Why don’t you take insurance?
A: It’s too complicated and expensive for a solo practitioner.

Q: Will my insurance pay for visits with you?
A: Possibly. Please visit this page for more details.

Q: What are your fees?
A: Please contact us for our current fee schedule.

Q: Do you see patients with Medical Assistance?
A: Generally not. Please visit this page for more details.

Q: How often do I need to see you?
A: We don’t have any hard and fast rules. Visit frequency depends on each patient’s individual circumstances.

Q: Do you prescribe Suboxone?
A: Yes. I’ve been prescribing buprenorphine (Suboxone and other brand names) since 2005.

Q: Do you treat chronic pain?
A: Yes, but only if you also have a history of addiction.

Q: Do you prescribe benzodiazepines and stimulants?
A: Sometimes. But that’s a leading question.

Here’s what’s usually behind that question: “Will you prescribe a benzodiazepine or stimulant to me?” Or: “Will you take responsibility for my current prescription for a controlled substance?”

I can’t and won’t answer those questions without the benefit of a comprehensive, in-person evaluation. Please seek care elsewhere if you need guarantees about prescription controlled substances.

Q: Do you certify patients for medical cannabis?
A: Very rarely. Again, that’s a leading question.

Here’s what’s usually behind that question: “Will you certify me for medical cannabis?” Or: “Will you take responsibility for my existing certification medical cannabis?”

I can’t and won’t answer those questions without the benefit of a comprehensive, in-person evaluation. Please seek care elsewhere if you need guarantees about medical cannabis.

Q: Is it okay to get prescriptions for controlled substances from other providers?
A: Generally not. Possible exceptions include pain medications for serious injuries and surgeries.

Q: Would it be okay if another provider certified me for medical cannabis?
A: No. And we will direct you to transfer all of your care to that provider if you are certified elsewhere.

Q: Do you charge a fee for cancelled appointments?
A: Yes. We charge $50 for appointments that are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. We also charge $100 for unkept appointments (“no shows”).

Q: Do you ever fire patients?
A: Yes. Unpaid bills is the top reason that we terminate care. Trouble keeping appointments—“no shows” and repeated cancellations—is another common reason.