When was MDVIP founded and where is it located?
MDVIP was founded in Boca Raton, Florida in 2000. MDVIP-affiliated physicians practice throughout the United States. To learn more, visit our About Us page.
Are affiliated physicians employed by MDVIP?
No. MDVIP maintains an independent contractor relationship with our affiliated physicians. Affiliated physicians are not the agents or employees of MDVIP.
What is the relationship between my doctor and MDVIP?
MDVIP provides the services required to assist your doctor in providing a focus on wellness and personalized service that is not possible in a traditional primary care practice. Your doctor owns and manages the practice, and MDVIP has absolutely no involvement in any medical decisions. MDVIP’s job is to simply remove all obstacles that exist in the delivery of the highest level of care. MDVIP provides comprehensive research and technological and operational support for MDVIP-affiliated practices. We also provide insurance and regulatory services. Additionally, we conduct regular quality assurance surveys to assist your doctor in ensuring that the practice exceeds your expectations.
Is Medicare accepted?
Yes. MDVIP-affiliated practices are compatible with Medicare. Your annual fee covers those services not reimbursed by Medicare. Your Medicare Part B coverage will continue to work with your affiliated physician as it currently does. To learn more about insurance and Medicare, visit Our Model page.
How does my insurance work in an MDVIP-affiliated practice?
Most PPO, POS and HMO health insurance plans are compatible with your membership in an MDVIP-affiliated practice. We will be happy to discuss your specific health plan with you. Your annual fee is for a wellness program that is generally not covered by insurance. You will still need health insurance to cover all other healthcare visits unrelated to your wellness program, including office visits, hospital stays and visits to specialists.
My insurance provides for an annual physical. How does the MDVIP Wellness Program complement my physical exam?
MDVIP-affiliated physicians ensure that you receive all recommended preventive services, including an annual physical. The MDVIP Wellness Program encompasses advanced screenings in combination with personalized counseling with your doctor to develop your customized wellness plan. You will work with your physician throughout the year to implement your personal wellness plan.
Does my insurance cover the annual fee?
No. Most insurers view the wellness services encompassed by the annual fee as non-covered services and do not provide reimbursement for the annual fee.
Do my corporate benefits cover the annual fee?
The annual fee may be paid through most employer Section 125 plans and is compatible with most flexible spending accounts (FSAs), medical savings accounts (MSAs), and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs). The fee may also be paid through health savings accounts (HSAs). Your physician will provide you with a statement for your benefits administrator at the time of your wellness consultation or any time thereafter.
It is important to note that while this fee may be reimbursable through your FSA, you cannot pay the fee with your FSA debit or credit card. Reimbursement for your annual fee from your FSA will have to be obtained through your FSA claim submission process.
Your wellness consultations must be performed during your FSA plan year to be eligible for reimbursement. For example, if your FSA account year runs from January 1 through December 31, you must have your wellness consultation during that calendar year.
Do I have to pay the annual fee all at once?
No. The annual fee may be paid quarterly, semi-annually or annually. You may pay by check or use your American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover card. Flexible spending account debit and credit cards are not accepted.
Is the annual fee tax deductible?
For patients who itemize medical expenses on their tax returns, the annual fee may be deductible. MDVIP representatives are available to speak with your accountant.
Can I get a refund if I am not satisfied?
If you have not received your annual wellness services, you can receive a prorated refund. If you have received your wellness services, a refund is not available. Given that more than 90 percent of patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices around the country renew each year, we believe you will be very satisfied with your membership.
Do I have to pay for my children?
As a courtesy to their patients, most MDVIP-affiliated physicians will see patients’ children who are between the ages of 16 to 25. This may vary; please check with your MDVIP-affiliated physician. The only charge will be the regular office visit fee.
I have family members who often visit me. Can my doctor see them if needed?
Yes. In the event you have an out-of-town guest who may require services on an unexpected basis, your doctor will see your guest for urgent matters as if he/she were a member of the practice. Standard office visit fees apply.
What happens if more than 600 people join?
Membership is based on a first-come, first-served basis. When a practice reaches 600 and additional patients would like to join, a waiting list is established. If a specific practice is closed, MDVIP will make every effort to place you in another local MDVIP-affiliated practice at your request.
What happens when my doctor is away on vacation or otherwise unavailable?
Your doctor will arrange for appropriate coverage. The covering physician will provide the same level of care and responsiveness that you will be accustomed to in an MDVIP-affiliated practice. You will receive contact information for the covering physician as needed.
How does this program work with specialists?
MDVIP-affiliated physicians offer dramatically enhanced coordination of specialty care. They have commented that specialists are far more eager to care for patients who have primary care physicians who are as involved in care decisions as they will be.
With this program, your doctor’s staff will have the time to make sure that all appropriate information is given to the specialist so that your consult is handled in the most efficient and effective manner possible. In some cases, your doctor will personally discuss your situation with the specialist.
This makes a tremendous difference in terms of your care, as your doctor can now serve as the “quarterback” for all of your specialist needs with knowledge of all of your treatment issues.
How do I use the Medical Centers of Excellence (MCE) program?
Once you and your physician have determined that a second medical opinion or specialized treatment at an MCE facility is desired, your physician will work with MDVIP to facilitate a timely appointment with the appropriate specialist and arrange for the transfer of your medical records. The medical facility will then contact you directly to arrange your appointment and discuss the personalized services you will receive upon arrival and throughout your stay.
What happens after my visit to an MCE facility?
After your visit to the MCE facility, your MDVIP-affiliated physician will confer directly with the medical center specialists. MDVIP will ensure the timely receipt of your results and medical records by your MDVIP-affiliated physician for seamless coordination of care.
Is there an additional cost for the MCE program?
No. The cost for the actual medical treatment you receive can be billed to your insurance, depending on your healthcare coverage. Costs for travel, car service and accommodations are your responsibility.
What facilities are in the MCE program?
MCE program facilities include:
- Baylor Clinic of Baylor College of Medicine
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Cleveland Clinic
- Hanley Center
- Hospital for Special Surgery
- Johns Hopkins
- Mayo Clinic
- The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Miller School of Medicine - University of Miami
- National Jewish Health
- UCLA Health System
- UCSF Medical Center