Our goal is to provide thorough, professional and compassionate primary and adjunctive care so that all of our patients may achieve optimal health.
|We strive to be able to provide appointments within one to two weeks of calling. To make an appointment, please call us at 360.568.2686. Provider hours vary through the week. We've designed our office hours to accommodate folks who need evening appointments. If you need to cancel your appointment, please call our office at least 24 business hours in advance so we may offer the appointment to someone from our wait list, and so you may avoid late cancellation or no show fees.
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We do our best to provide quality care for patients in our office and on the phone. If your phone call is missed during business hours, please hold on the line for the next available receptionist or leave a message and we will call you back. You can also e-mail your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Although HIPAA laws prevent us from replying by e-mail, we will print out your e-mail for the provider to review and respond with a phone call. Administrative staff strives to return all patient calls within 48 hours for non-emergent concerns.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your closest emergency room. If you have an urgent concern and would like to be seen or speak to a provider, please contact our office at 360.568.2686. We do make time in provider schedules to see patients with urgent concerns briefly on the day of the call. If our offices are closed and you must be in touch with the on-call provider regarding something urgent, please call the office and listen for the emergency phone number to reach an on-call provider.
The clinic bills all insurance companies as a service to you. However, being contracted with a particular insurance company does not ensure that your insurance covers all of the services we offer or all providers we have at Snohomish Naturopathic Clinic. Prior to your appointment, please contact your insurance by calling the customer care number on the back of your card to find out your level of coverage at our clinic. We don't routinely call insurance companies for each patient, as we find that it is a much more empowering and informative experience for patients to contact their insurance carriers directly. There are several questions you may want to ask your insurance company when you call. If you have any questions about procedure codes that we typically use, feel free to call us. If you are coming in for an acupuncture visit but do not have naturopathic coverage, please let us know, so we may bill appropriately. Copays are due at the time of service. Payment for balances not covered by insurance is due to the clinic upon billing. All balances over 90 days are subject to a 1% monthly fee and all balances over 180 days are subject to collections. Returned checks for non-sufficient funds incur a $25 charge. We are not contracted with Medicare, but please do inform us if you have Medicare coverage, as it changes how we bill your insurance company.
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A day of service discount for avoidance of billing and bookkeeping services will be offered if charges are paid in full at the time the services are rendered. Unfortunately, due to our insurance company contracts, we cannot offer this discount once your insurance has already been billed. Therefore we cannot stress enough the importance of contacting your insurance well before your appointment so you understand how your coverage works.
Conventional labs are generally returned to the office within 7-10 days. At the time of your blood draw, a follow up appointment will be made to go over the results with your doctor. Blood draws can be conveniently scheduled with our Medical Assistant; we send our samples to Quest Diagnostics for processing. If you would like to view your blood work before your appointment you can visit QuestDiagnostocs.com/MyQuest and set up an account that will allow you to do so. Other specialty tests such as food sensitivity panels, extensive vitamin and nutrient testing, saliva hormone testing and DEXA scans require more time to process, generally 3-4 weeks. A follow up appointment will be scheduled accordingly. Kaiser patients must have their blood drawn at Kaiser. If Kaiser patients request the blood draw be done at SNC, a $25 charge will be assessed at the time of service for the blood draw.
If a refill is needed, we kindly ask you to contact your pharmacy directly. Your pharmacy will fax us the refill request for authorization and we will fax it back within 48 - 72 hours. If you are in need of an appointment or updated labwork, we will either contact you or note it on your prescription so the pharmacy can notify you in person or in writing on your medication. A good rule of thumb is to contact your pharmacy when you get down to your last 7 days of medication; this allows time for faxing, authorizing, filling and mailing of medications. A couple of considerations regarding refills: all patients need a re-evaluation appointment at least once a year, and labwork must be done yearly or every time there is a change in dose. When labwork or re-evaluation appointments are due, we are only able to refill for 30 days. If you prefer a 90 day supply, be sure to plan ahead for labwork and appointments. Yearly labwork requires a physician visit to be ordered.
Since we provide primary care services, we are able to make a variety of referrals for our patients. Some referrals do require an appointment with your doctor, especially if you haven't discussed the issue of concern before. We love your feedback too; if a particular referral provider has been especially helpful (or not) we want to know! For questions about the referral process or to give us your feedback, please contact our Practice Manager at 360.568.2686.
We believe that access to your medical records is critical to coordinated and effective care. If you would like all or part of your medical record released to you or another provider, please completely fill out the Medical Records Release form and fax, mail or bring it to us. Please allow up to 30 days for requests to be filled. You will receive a copy of your specialty labs at your lab results follow up appointment.