connectedness is key to your best health

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Our frequently asked questions are outlined below.

 

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Northern California & Southern California locations

*HOuse calls by Request*

 

 

Northern California

serving SAn Francisco & Marin County

Artís at Bell Well - 655 Redwood Highway Suite 200, Mill Valley, CA

 
 
 

Southern California

(Serving Los Angeles beach cities):

South Bay Office - Coming Soon!

Artís on the PENINSULA - Established patients only

 
 
 
 

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How do I make an appointment?

Initial consultations, follow-up visits and membership visits are scheduled by phone or via our online scheduling tool here.  Standard office hours are 10-4 Monday thru Thursday, 10-2 on Fridays.  Housecalls with Dr. Young are offered seven days a week by appointment only.  Weekly in-office appointments also available.

How do I reach someone at Artís Health & Wellness with questions or concerns?

Members of the Artís Health & Wellness have unlimited email or app-based access to Dr. Young.  Consultation patients and new patients may call the Artís Health & Wellness concierge line at 415.480.4707. Messages left are returned by Dr. Young or a member of her team within one business day. The concierge line is not used for prescription refill requests or urgent/emergent needs - If you are having a medical emergency you should call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.  If you have a general question you may contact us here and we will get back to you within one business day. 

 

What are the fees for a Consultation with Dr. Young?

Patient consultations are billed at $495/hr.  New patient visits are approximately 70-90 minutes and follow-up care visits are approximately 45-60 minutes.

Phone and email correspondence are billed at the same rate as consultations (unless you are a member, which includes complementary emails and app-based communication, and phone calls with Dr. Young).

Dr. Young accepts a limited number of sliding scale patients for consultations and will work with those with financial need; call the office for more info.

Members receive ongoing concierge-style care for for an annual or monthly fee.

Why don't you take insurance?

Dr. Young works tirelessly to have a relationship with YOU, not your insurance company.  As a result, Artís Health & Wellness chose not to contract with any insurers.  We are “out of network” for all private insurance companies and have opted out of Medicare.  

In an insurance-based model, doctors are forced to see a 16+ patients every day just to cover overhead, and time with your doctor is as little as 8 minutes per appointment. This 'churn and burn' model of care is devoid of a physician-patient relationship (what we value most), creates long wait times (no one likes to wait), is dangerous for patients (important details about YOU are overlooked or missed), and causes the smartest and most caring primary care physicians to burn out. This type of care is also impersonal and is only a solution for 'sick-care', not the disease prevention and wellness care model we embody. Dr. Young is committed to your care but also self-care, so a decision to bill outside the broken healthcare system was the only solution.

There are a growing number of practices who reject this approach to medical care (some physicians salaries are solely based on productivity). We believe you deserve to have a physician (or healer) who focuses on you and not on the number of patients seen per day. Rejecting this model also allowed for the inception of the Artís membership.

Additionally, when a group contracts with an insurance company, its not just about billing and payment. Conventional insurance plans have an algorithm with which they dictate treatment of all health conditions - not personalized at all!  If Artís Health & Wellness contracted with your insurance, we would be agreeing to treat you according to the treatment protocols that the insurance companies have deemed 'appropriate' for the masses, not an individual. Artís Health & Wellness feels that YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL and thus, we have chosen not to participate with insurance.

We do offer consultations and can provide a superbill upon request.  We suggest you check your insurance carrier regarding your out of network benefits. 

 

What if I don't have insurance?

No problem, we maintain a transparency with our fee structure and we make it easy for people without insurance to get care; Dr. Young also offers sliding scale rates, by request. We can also arrange for discounted lab and radiology testing for those patients paying cash for their services. However an Artís membership is NOT a replacement for insurance or the insurance requirement according to ACA law.

 

Are Medicare beneficiaries eligible to join Artís Health & Wellness?

Yes, Medicare beneficiaries are welcome to become a member. Please contact us to discuss membership as we have opted out of Medicare participation.

What do you get with a Membership with the Artís Health & Wellness?

An Artís membership gives you an entire year of medical care with Dr. Andrea Young - all follow up consultations included.  You may be seen at our Mill Valley office, PV Peninsula office, virtually or via house call, by appointment only. Members are seen same or next business day.  A sample membership agreement maybe previewed here.

 

Is Membership a substitute for insurance?

The Artís membership is not a substitute for health insurance. We are not aware of any medical insurance policies that explicitly cover the membership fee however some benefit plans may reimburse all or a portion of the membership fee.  A benefits specialist at your carrier can tell you if this would be covered in your particular plan. The Artís membership does not meet the ACA requirements for insurance coverage.

What is the difference between an MD and a DO?

DOs (Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine) and MDs (Doctors of Medicine) are alike in many ways. Both attend a four-year medical school after completing pre-med classes and a bachelor’s degree. Both DOs and MDs are required to pass rigorous professional board exams and to maintain a medical license that demands accountability and ongoing medical education. Both are recognized as Primary Care Physicians or can be specialists or sub-specialists. Both can prescribe any/all medications. In clinical practice, both DOs and MDs evaluate a patient using diagnostic interviews, physical exams and lab tests. Both then treat disease, decrease risk factors and prolong lives. The primary difference lies in the focus of their training and the treatment approach, with a DO typically leaning toward more holistic and hands on care.

What is Functional Medicine?

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

By addressing root cause, rather than symptoms, practitioners become oriented to identifying the complexity of disease. They may find one condition has many different causes and, likewise, one cause may result in many different conditions. As a result, Functional Medicine treatment targets the specific manifestations of disease in each individual.

About the Founder, Dr. Andrea Young, DO:

Andrea Young, DO is board certified in Family Medicine and has extensive experience in Integrative and Functional Medicine modalities and use of a eastern/holistic approach to patient care. She was raised in Oklahoma (daughter of a medical family) and moved to sunny Southern California for medical training; she will tell you the Vitamin D is what got her thru med school!  She received her degree in medicine (Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine) from the Western University of Health Sciences - College of the Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.  After realizing she loved connecting with patients rather than operating on them (there was a challenging but rewarding time spent as a surgical subspecialty resident), Dr. Young landed back in Southern California for Family Medicine residency prior to seeking additional training in Integrative Medicine, including Ayurvedic training at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, CA and ongoing wide-spread independent training in Functional Medicine. Gradually making her way thru many 'healthcare systems' on the east coast and west, she made her way to the Bay Area and fell in love with the hills of Sausalito, the beauty of Marin County and the personality of its people. She founded Artís Health & Wellness in 2017 improve upon her practice of medicine thru connectedness and community and concierge style care. She is humbled by the way her practice has grown and the breadth of patients seen from all over California. In July 2019, Dr. Young opened her practice to the community of Southern California as well, practicing in Los Angeles’ South Bay. The Artís expansion allows easy access to any individuals who seek consultation from Dr. Young nearby or far away to travel to (northern or southern) California to do so. She is committed to having a ‘real relationship’ with her patients and finding root cause of disease rather than chasing diagnoses and hurling pharmaceuticals. When she's not flying between the offices, consulting with her beloved patients, or doing her own self-care (her secret sauce to staying out of the burnout zone), she can be found in the Artís Health & Wellness kitchen using her creative/culinary right brain, on a spin bike at SoulCycle or on a mat at Yogaworks, or planning an upcoming AHW Wellness & Travel Retreat, coming in 2020 . She values nothing more than her relationships with her family and friends (and her patients!) and believes that this authentic commitment to connectedness is what every individual needs to thrive.

 

If any of your questions have gone unanswered, please feel free to contact us or call us at 415.480.4707 and we will get back to you within one business day.