Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is My Path Medical different from any other medical practice?
We use personalized approach to health. Unlike a traditional medical practice, where practitioners have on average 15 minutes with a patient, at My Path Medical we take the time to listen, examine, evaluate, and to research medical literature if needed, in order to find a unique solution for each person that comes to see us. Moreover, when we apply Functional medicine approach and look at the whole person using cutting edge tests, our outcomes are superb. That is why we see so many clients who have already been to multiple primary care doctors and specialists at the top medical centers in the country, have done detailed work ups and told that “all is normal”, and finally find answers and relieve of symptoms at My Path.
2. Who can benefit from services offered at My Path Medical?
Every person. Whether you are looking for wellness, prevention, treating chronic diseases, or men’s/women’s health, or have a new diagnosis that you want to treat holistically, My Path Medical uses a patient-centered approach to address the whole person. What is the outcome? A plan that is formulated uniquely for you, that supports wellness, prevents illness, finds and treats underlying causes of diseases, and helps you reach optimal health.
3. What are the office hours?
Additional office hours available according to needs of our patients
4. Do I have to see a Physician in person for my medical consultation?
Yes, by law that mandates medical license a patient must be seen in the office once per calendar year. No medical management or consultation will be done prior to physically seeing a patient in the office. Follow up appointments can be arranged by phone or in the office.
5. What happens at the initial visit?
As a new patient of MyPath Medical, you should expect a very different approach to your health. You will meet Dr. Lantsman who will perform a detailed medical history and conduct a thorough physical examination. We will order any appropriate tests for us to diagnose critical issues you may be having and determine the best course of treatment. Additionally, your present diet and exercise regimen will be reviewed and modifications will be recommended, if necessary. Generally, your first visit will last 2 hours.
6. What happens at the follow up visit?
We schedule follow up visits as needed to make sure you are progressing with your treatment plan and are maintaining your new path to wellness. During follow up visits we review lab findings and initiate any necessary treatment or changes. For certain conditions, such as tick-born illness, we require a monthly follow up. Follow up visits are usually between 45 minutes and 1 hour. All patients are required to be seen in the office at least once a year to be maintained as an active patient.
7. Is there going to be a conflict between my primary care/specialists and My Path Medical?
As a Board certified Medical Doctor with specialty in Internal Medicine, Dr. Lantsman will use both as needed: western medicine and Functional medicine to evaluate and treat you. If communication with your primary doctor requested or needed, we will do so accordingly.
8. What type of health insurance plans do you accept?
In order for MyPath Medical to provide our patients with optimal and independent service, we do not accept any health insurance plans/Medicaid, or patients with Medicare as we are not enrolled in PECOS. However, we will provide itemized receipts with proper codes, documenting each visit. Most of our patients who have health insurance plans with out-of-network benefits and who have reached their deductible are partially reimbursed by their health plans. The reimbursement rate depends on individual health plan policies. Also, our services fall under most flexible medical spending programs. Phone, Skype, email services are not reimbursed by health plans/nor are subject to most flexible medical spending programs. Please consult your health insurance company for further details on your out-of-network benefits.
9. How much does it cost?
We charge $420 hourly. The initial visit is $420 per hour with an average length of 2 hours. There may be additional costs due to lab draws, laboratory tests, supplements, etc.
See website or contact our office for Signature Programs fees.
Phone or Skype appointments are subject to the $420 hourly fee.
This fee does not cover additional tests, procedures, supplements, and medications that may result from your consult.
- Supplements: For your convenience, we sell supplements in our office with a 15% or more discounted fee. You can also purchase supplements at your local health food store, such as Whole Foods, or on the Internet.
- In office blood draw $25
- Handling of a testing kit $10
- Rapid Strep $10
- Urine Dip $10
- Rapid Pregnancy test $10
- Fecal occult blood $10
- Vitamin B 12 Injection $10
- NutrEval test draw $45
- Glutathione 2g injection $65
- ECG $40
- BOTOX is priced per unit used
10. How do I pay for my visit?
Payment is expected at the end of each visit. We accept cash, check, and major credit cards. We make special consideration for those who are in financial need. Please, discuss it prior to your initial visit.
11. Are laboratory tests covered by my insurance?
Please make sure to find out ahead of time if your health insurance plan covers blood work done for routine exams only, or for illness/diagnoses only or both. Also find out which lab companies are covered (LabCorp or Quest, etc.). Additionally, please see if your insurance covers blood work if it is drawn at our office (out of network provider) or at a lab facility only. This is important as blood work can get very expensive, and by knowing ahead of time the structure of your insurance, you can avoid unnecessary bills. The office is not responsible for laboratory bills. If we recommend functional medicine tests (which are partially covered by some health plans) we will discuss the cost of each test with you prior to ordering.
12. If I need prescription medications, are they covered by my insurance?
Most prescription medications we use are covered by health plans (subject to individual insurance agreements). In some cases, where a certain medication is not covered, and is very expensive, we will substitute it to more a affordable medication or to the one that is covered by an individual health plan.
13. What should I bring to my first visit?
Comfortable clothing for an easy examination.
Supplements or medication you are currently taking. Please bring the actual bottles.
Pertinent lab work and other tests done during the last year:
- Please either bring physical copies to your appointment or email digital copies ahead of time.
Three day food diary to help us understand your diet:
- For example – instead of “coffee” – “one cup of caffeinated coffee and one teaspoon of sugar.”
Health insurance information for your blood tests.
Typed/written personal history for your visit.
14. I need to see you but I live far and it is inconvenient.
We need to physically see you in the office once per calendar year. Follow up appointments can be arranged on the phone, skype, or in person.
15. What is your cancellation policy?
All money is refundable is you cancel 24 hours prior to the appointment.
16. How to book an appointment:
The appointment line is 617-996-0074.