Frequently Asked Questions

What is Direct Primary Care?

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an alternative payment and practice model for primary care services. The focus of a DPC practice is putting the personal relationship back into patient care which includes access to your actual physician. DPC physicians offer services for a flat monthly rate instead of a traditional fee for service arrangement. DPC physicians do not file insurance claims. Instead, DPC physicians work directly with the patient instead of the insurance corporations to offer increased access to care, faster scheduling, more time with your physician, and better and more cost effective options for medications, labs, imaging studies, and more.

Is Direct Primary Care Insurance?

Direct Primary Care is not and is not intended to be “insurance.” Membership to a Direct Primary Care practice has no impact on the benefits you receive through your insurance plan.

What is the cost of Direct Primary Care membership?

Membership Fee: $125 per month

Visit Fee: $25 per encounter. No cap on the number of encounters.

Enrollment Fee (one time): $75

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine?

Osteopathic physicians understand that every individual expresses health and disease differently. The absence of disease does not imply the presence of health. Osteopathic physicians are trained to recognize changes in body structure that alters function and contributes to disease. Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is the application of osteopathic philosophy, structural diagnosis, and use of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in the diagnosis and management of an individual patient. OMT is the therapeutic application of manually guided forces by an osteopathic physician to improve physiological function.

Do you take referrals for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

Yes. A patient that already has a primary care physician but desires to seek osteopathic manipulative treatment can be seen as a referral. A patient is encouraged to contact the office and relevant records (if available) related to a patient’s care will be requested from the primary care physician and/or other specialists. Dr. West works in consultation with a patient’s primary care physician in the overall care of that patient.

Do you bill insurance for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

We do not partner with any insurance plan and therefore do not bill a patient’s insurance for services.

What is the cost of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

New patient: $175 per encounter

Follow-up patient: $125 per encounter

What are the similarities and differences between a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)?

What is Aesthetic Medicine?

Aesthetic Medicine comprises of medical procedures aimed at improving the physical appearance and satisfaction of the patient, using non-invasive or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Dr. West and J. Dian West, RN are both trained and certified through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) and currently offer botulinum toxin (i.e. Botox®, Xeomin®, etc.) and dermal fillers (i.e. Juvederm®, Revanesse®, etc.) in the office.

Do you bill insurance for Aesthetic Medicine services?

Aesthetic Medicine services are elective medical services. We do not partner with any insurance plan and therefore do not bill a patient’s insurance for services.

What is the cost of Aesthetic Medicine services?

Please contact our office for pricing.

What are the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana use in the State of Ohio?

AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, Spasticity, spinal cord disease or injury, terminal illness, Tourette syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

Do you offer intravenous (IV) therapy in the office?

Yes. Our office offers and administers normal saline intravenous (IV) therapy to patients with an appropriate medical need.