October 1, 2015
Dear Trusted Patient,
A new era in my life in medicine has begun. True to the Hippocratic Oath that I took over 20 years ago, I will serve solely you, my patient, to the best of my ability maintaining privacy, dignity, and the integrity of our patient-physician relationship. This relationship is based on mutual trust and honest communication. Your medical records are yours, and I will share them with no one without your permission. I will not engage in collecting or sharing your personal information or medical data with the government or any outside agency with which it contracts. I will resist outside forces that seek to intervene in the patient-physician relationship, that restrict, delay, and deny your access to needed medical care, and that impede innovation, block the use of advanced technology, and obstruct the prescription of current medications. I will seek the highest quality, lowest cost pathway to your best outcome. This relationship exists between you and me alone, unencumbered by 3rd party influences. Accordingly, I submit to you a fair, reasonable, transparent fee schedule for my services.
I understand that most patients have existing agreements with insurance companies and are choosing to see me as an “out-of-network provider” for their respective insurance companies. Patients are free to submit claims for my services to their private insurers; however, I will not submit claims to the insurance companies, because my agreement is with you, my patient, not your insurance company. I have no agreements with any 3rd party payors, including Medicare. Medicare patients can use their parts A and D, for hospital, surgery center, and pharmacy benefits but cannot file Part B for my services- which I make surprisingly affordable for you. I believe this arrangement will result in easier access for you to me and easier acquisition of the best medications and state-of-the-art surgery when indicated, at a dramatically lower cost. Finally, I am pleased to see those less fortunate patients who have little or no means to obtain care at little or no cost during their time of great need. This is my calling and the duty of my profession, just as it is my duty to resist outside forces that seek to overtake the private practice of Hippocratic medicine.
Amidst this time of healthcare upheaval, we must become educated and engaged if we hope to achieve the best possible results for you. I am humbled and blessed to be your doctor. I thank you for choosing to continue in my care. I look forward to discussing these issues with you, seeking solutions, and continuing to be your doctor for the next 20 years.
Kristin S. Held, M.D.