Notice of Private Practice form
An independent clinic is physician owned and operated.
Northwest Family Physicians is free to partner with you in making healthcare decisions that are in your best interest. When you choose an independent physician, you’re selecting a doctor who accepts the challenges and extra time required to remain independent to best serve you. Your treatment is determined by what is best for you. Independent physicians are free to give you all your choices all the time.
By choosing Northwest Family Physicians you are choosing:
- Personal Service - comprehensive, convenient, and personalized healthcare.
- Broader Treatment Options - Northwest Family Physicians can perform or recommend any test, treatment or surgery, and refer you to any doctor or hospital. This is unlike corporate clinics that may limit your access to specialists or treatments within their system.
- A Health Care Home - healthcare decisions are made jointly between you, your doctor, and/or your family. Your health care decisions are not determined by corporate offices. Your independent family physician is committed to you.
Documented review of health care cost data shows that independent clinics with their lower cost structure are better positioned to provide the same or higher quality of care at a lower cost. Corporate owned clinics may charge you additional fees for the same services we provide adding greatly to the cost. For example, a facility fee is often added to office visits or to procedures over and above the charge for the service for just using the medical office space. This can double the cost of a procedure and with today’s high deductible plans, that means additional out-of-pocket expense for you.
Minnesota's 2008 Health Reform Laws require clinics to submit data for quality measures determined by the Minnesota Department of Health. The data is publicly reported. The purpose is to help patients make informed decisions about the health care providers they choose. Compare Northwest Family Physicians to other Minnesota clinics.
Insurance & Billing
We accept many insurance plans, but cannot guarantee their coverage of our services. The patient is responsible for verifying coverage and benefits of their individual policy. It is best to contact your insurance company directly by calling member services (number is usually listed on the back of your insurance card).
By showing your insurance card at each visit, you insure that Northwest Family Physicians has the most up-to-date information for efficient and accurate billing. For example, sometimes employers change the group number but the ID number stays the same. Inaccurate or expired insurance information can cause issues when processing your insurance claims.
We require a copy of your photo ID to help prevent insurance fraud.
Covered services vary from plan to plan. Additionally, most plans have copays, coinsurance, or deductibles which will impact the amount you owe. We submit your bill to your insurance plan for services provided. Your insurance plan determines the amount they will cover and the amount that is your responsibility. Any portion of the charges that your insurance plan does not cover is the amount that is your responsiblity.
A copay is a flat amount that you pay each time for certain services. For example, you may pay a $25 copay for each office visit. Coinsurance is a percent of a covered benefit. For example, a visit covered at $100 with a 20% coinsurance. You would pay $20 and your insurance would pay $80.
A deductible is the amount your insurance plan requires you to pay out-of-pocket before coverage begins. Deductible amounts vary from plan to plan.
Yes. However, if you do not have insurance you will be asked to pay at the time of service. For patients without insurance, Northwest Family Physicians offers a 20% discount if paid in full at the time of service.
We are not able to bill you for your copays. The contracts we sign with insurance companies require us to collect copays at the time of service.
Northwest Family Physicians has a central Business Office located in Crystal. You may dial them direct at (763) 504-6550. A Business Office Representative is available to answer your questions Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM.
In 1996, congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The law was designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients' medical records and other health information. The standards provide patients with more control over how their personal health information is used and/or disclosed.
Personal health information refers to any information collected by a health care professional that helps idenfity an individual. Examples include, but are not limited to medical history, lab test results, insurance information, etc.
In order for a health care provider to share PHI the patient must provide written authorization to do so. Northwest Family Physicians requests this information from you annually. However, you may request that an individual be added or removed at any time.
A copy of your medical records can be obtained by contacting Medical Records.
Please contact your previous health care provider to request that they transfer your records to us.
The fastest and safest way is to call the pharmacy where you received your prescription. Please call them several days before your medication is finished even if the bottle states "No Refills". This allows enough time for all of the appropriate steps to be completed.
Northwest Family Physicians offers care twenty four hours a day seven days a week. We are able to do this by offering family practice and urgent care. Additionally, we have an after hours on-call physician available for urgent needs.
After Hours Urgent Needs:
1. Call your clinic.
2. Describe your issue or concern.
3. The answering service will relay your message and have the "doctor on call" contact you. The doctor on call will be a physician from one of our clinics. The doctor may be busy with patients at the hospital at the time that you call. This may result in a slight delay in returning your call, but a physician will return your call.
A health maintenance exam (physical) is an appointment with your provider when you are not sick. This visit helps prevent problems and addresses preventive servcies, counseling, education and disease screening. Routine follow up of stable chronic problems including ordering of labs and medication refills can be incorporated in your health maintenance exam.
As a convenience, providers may address both preventive and medical issues during a helath maintenance exam. Doing so would typically require a separate office visit and include services such as:
- Evaluation and management of a new concern.
- Further evaluation and/or new treatment of an exisiting condition.
When services regarding a medical issue are provided an additional office visit charge will be billed. You will be responsible for any copay, coinsurance, or deductible that is required based on your insurance coverage. If you are uncertain about your medical coverage, contact your insurance company regarding benefits. You will be reponsible for charges not covered by your insurance company.
Northwest Family Physicians supports the information provided at http://familydoctor.org
This website was developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). You can find detailed information on: Diseases & Conditions, Prevention & Wellness, Pregnancy & Newborns, Kids, Teens, and Seniors.