OUR HEALTH MODELS

CONCIERGE MEMBERSHIP

Barbara Hrach M.D. – ExtraCare

Concierge medicine (also known as retainer medicine) is a relationship between a patient and a primary care physician in which the patient pays an annual fee or retainer. This may or may not be in addition to other charges. In exchange for the retainer, doctors provide enhanced care, including principally a commitment to limit patient loads to ensure adequate time and availability for each patient.

Dr. Hrach practices within this concierge or membership model. In this model, patients pay an annual fee for all services provided by our office. There is no additional out of pocket expense to our office. This program, called the Barbara Hrach MD – ExtraCare program, includes benefits such as: same day access to your doctor; immediate communication with the doctor via cell phone, text messaging, or email; unlimited office visits with no co-pay; little or no waiting time in the office; focus on preventive care; unhurried atmosphere; video appointments when appropriate; home visits when appropriate and immediate prescription refills. Dr. Hrach has limited her practice size to no more than 400 patients in order to provide the individual attention and focus on detail that each patient deserves.

Benefits

  • More time spent with patients
  • More personalized doctor-patient relationship
  • Same day appointments
  • Focus on prevention
    • Nutritional counselling, exercise counselling, anti-oxidant testing, cardiovascular risk factor analysis, cancer screening review, osteoporotic fracture risk analysis, immunizations.
  • 24/7 access to doctor via cellphone, secure text, email
  • Secure video appointments when appropriate
  • Home visits when appropriate
  • Communication with consulting physicians
  • Overseeing of care received in the hospital
  • Access to Santa Barbara TeleMedicenter virtual exam room to support video visits with participating teriary care specialists
  • Prescription facilitation
  •  Cooperation with insurance companies to obtain prior authorizations for diagnostic studies and prescriptions
  • Monthly health bulletin
  • Unlimited office visits with no co-pay
  • Little or no waiting time in the office

Concierge Membership FAQ

  1. What services does the annual fee cover?

    The annual fee covers:

    • Any service provided to you by our office including annual wellness evaluation, unlimited office visits with no co-pay, vaccinations, etc.
    • Same day appointments with little or no waiting time in the office
    • Monthly health bulletin
    • Focus on preventative medicine including nutritional counselling, exercise counselling, anti-oxidant testing, cardiovascular risk factor analysis, cancer screening review and osteoporotic fracture risk analysis
    • Immunizations
    • 24/7 accessibility to doctor via cellphone, secure text, email
    • Secure video appointments when appropriate
    • Home visits when appropriate
    • Communication with consulting physicians
    • Supervision of the care that you receive in the hospital
    • Access to Santa Barbara TeleMedicenter virtual exam room to support video visits with participating teriary care specialists – www.santabarbaratelemedicenter.com
    • Prescription facilitation
    • Travel medicine services
  2. Does my health insurance cover the annual fee?

    The annual fee generally is not covered by your insurance company; however, many HSA and/or FSA accounts attached to patients’ insurance plans may be used to cover the annual fee.

    We will submit all qualified office visit charges to your insurance company and these services may be applied to your plans out of pocket deductible.

    It is important to know that this program is not in lieu of health insurance. Patients should continue to carry health insurance to cover medical services provided by outside facilities or by other health care providers.

  3. Is the annual fee tax deductible?

    Your tax adviser can tell you if this fee qualifies as a tax deductible medical expense.

  4. I’m young and healthy, is this program right for me?

    Definitely.  The Barbara Hrach MD – ExtraCare program is designed for patients of all ages, but specifically, young, healthy patients will benefit from being part of this program in the following ways:

    • Monthly health bulletins with tips on how to stay healthy and updates on recent advancements in medicine
    • Extended wellness visits that include a focus on preventative medicine including nutritional counselling, exercise counselling, anti-oxidant testing, cardiovascular risk factor analysis, EKG testing, Spirometry testing, cancer screening review and osteoporotic fracture risk analysis
    • Convenience of video appointments when appropriate.
    • Same day appointments with little or no wait time
    • Immunizations
  5. Will Dr. Hrach perform house calls?

    Yes, Dr. Hrach is available to visit patients at home when patients are physically unable to come to the office and when medically appropriate. In addition, Dr. Hrach routinely visits patients in various senior living facilities throughout Santa Barbara including Valle Verde, Samarkand, Mission Terrace, Villa Santa Barbara and Alexander Gardens.

  6. Do I need to be a computer wizard to participate in a video appointment?

    Not at all. Accessing a video appointment is easy with the use of our HIPAA compliant Zoom video platform.  All that is required on your end is either an Ipad, or laptop/desktop with an attached camera. (We will supply a complimentary CISCO high definition camera if needed) We simply email you a link and with a few simple clicks we are connected in a secure, virtual meeting space.

  7. Will Dr. Hrach see me in the hospital?

    Dr. Hrach is a member of the medical staff of both Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Hospital. Dr. Hrach works closely with the Hospital Admitting Physician group (hospitalists) at both of these facilities to care for her patients admitted to the hospital. This group of board certified internists is uniquely qualified to provide the most advanced inpatient care to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dr. Hrach will oversee the care that you receive by the hospitalist and sub specialty physicians while you are in the hospital and will work together with this team to provide you a seamless transition from the hospital to the outpatient setting.

  8. Is Dr. Hrach available after hours?

    Yes. Dr. Hrach is available to her patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the uncommon event that she is unavailable she will make arrangements with another qualified physician to cover in her absence. This information will be made readily available to the patient.

  9. What if I need to see a specialist?

    Dr. Hrach has been practicing medicine in Santa Barbara for over 20 years. This experience has allowed her to forge close relationships with most of the specialists in Santa Barbara as well as specialists in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. If the need arises for you to see a specialist, Dr. Hrach can assist you by finding the best physician for the job, review all studies and notes received from the consulting physician and coordinate your ongoing care.

  10. What if I have any other questions about the Barbara Hrach MD – ExtraCare program?

    We are happy to answer any additional questions that you may have. Please fill out the contact form to schedule a complimentary 15 minute consultation with Dr. Hrach and find out if this program is right for you.

Dr. Hrach

Barbara A. Hrach M.D. FACP:

Dr. Hrach practices within a concierge or membership model. In this model, patients pay an annual fee for all services provided by our office.

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FEE FOR SERVICE

Karina Garcia M.D.

Dr. Garcia offers a fee for service practice model, in which patients pay for services rendered at the time of service. As a courtesy, our office staff will submit claims electronically to your primary insurance company. Your direct reimbursement rate depends on your individual insurance plan.

Dr. Garcia is considered an “out of network” physician for most commercial medical insurance plans.

Dr. Garcia is contracted with Medicare as a participating provider. This means that she charges Medicare allowed amounts for services rendered and accepts assignment for all Medicare allowed services.  Full payment at the time of service is expected for all services provided that are not allowed by Medicare.

Fee for Service FAQ

  1. 1
    What are the fees for an exam?

    Our fee schedule is based on the complexity of your visit, and any additional services performed during your visit. Our fees are commensurate with local insurance reimbursements. Charges for an initial patient evaluation are generally between $150-$250 and follow up visits between $75-$150. There are additional charges for vaccinations or other services that may be provided during your visit.

  2. 2
    Will you bill my insurance?

    Yes, as a courtesy we will electronically submit the visit charges to your insurance company. Your insurance will reimburse you directly if applicable.

  3. 3
    Do you accept Medicare?

    Dr. Garcia is contracted with Medicare as a participating provider. She charges Medicare allowed amounts to all Medicare patients which are generally lower than her standard fees. She accepts Medicare assignment for all Medicare allowed services and expects full payment at the time of service for services provided that are not allowed by Medicare.

Dr. Garcia

Karina Garcia M.D.:

Dr. Garcia offers a fee for service practice model, in which patients pay for services rendered at the time of service.

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Cottage Health

We appreciate the care that our patients receive from the hard working employees of the Cottage Health System. Cottage health employees have been welcome in our practice for years and are some of our best advocates. Cottage employees dedicate their careers to helping members of our community during times of crisis and need. As a show of our appreciation for the care that Cottage Health employees provide to our patients and community, we have chosen to contract with and accept Cottage Health insurance on an assigned basis.