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Direct Primary Care Practice Opens in Boonsboro Osteopathic doctor Andrew Anderson, DO has opened Boonsboro Direct Primary Care, located at 4327 Boonsboro Road, Suite 5, Lynchburg.

On Dr. Anderson’s website, www.boonsborodirectorprimary.com, it states that direct primary care is intended for:

According to Dr. Anderson, direct primary care does not accept insurance, meaning there is no co-pay or need to meet a deductible. Instead the practice has a monthly fee, which is $80 for an individual, $130 for a couple or $165 for a family of five. It includes services such as: comprehensive physicals, well child visits, sports/ school physicals, preventive care, management of chronic illnesses, all follow-up care, sick/acute visits, osteopathic manual therapy, referrals to specialists, wart/mole removal, flu/strep testing, steroid joint injections, dietary/nutritional counseling, exercise recommendations, laceration repair, cryotherapy, skin biopsies, EKG's, well woman exams and blood draws.

people with chronic diseases who want unrestricted access to their physician

people who don’t have insurance or are unemployed

small businesses or those who are self-employed.

Services not included are: hospitalizations, specialist care, physical therapy, surgery, ER visits and immunizations. Patients can also access certain services at a discounted rate, such as labs, imaging (MRI, CT, Xray) and pathology (skin biopsies, Pap smear, etc.), and they can also choose to file claims for these discounted services with their insurance plan.

The website also notes that typically, 80 percent of all insurance claims are related to primary care, and while direct primary care should not be considered a replacement for insurance to cover emergencies, surgeries or specialty care (Dr. Anderson refers patients to specialty care as needed and required by insurance), the direct primary care model can save money by opening up options for utilizing other insurance options such as high-deductible plans, self-funded policies or in conjunction with health spending accounts (HSA) or flexible spending accounts (FSA). Dr. Anderson says he is limiting his practice to 600 patients, which he explains is far fewer than a traditional primary care practice, allowing him to spend more time with each person (30 – 60 minutes per visit) and to allow for easier access to see him the same day or next when sick. He also offers patients the option to connect with him via email and/or text. More Information: Visit www.boonsborodirectprimarycare.com or call 434.214.0722.

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