Life happens. During those unpredictable moments the peace of mind that comes from having a pediatrician that knows your child and your family’s individual needs can be priceless. As a member, you can contact Dr. Husmann directly, who knows your child’s health situation, and receive personalized advice—potentially avoiding an expensive visit to the ER or Urgent Care. One Urgent Care visit can be equivalent to months of personalized pediatric care at InDependence Pediatrics. We also strive to save you time and hassle, as we partner with you to keep your children as healthy as possible.
Your membership DOES NOT cover third-party labs or labs required outside the clinic, medications/prescriptions, imaging/radiology, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, urgent care visits, ambulance/transport costs, specialist visits, or services rendered by providers outside our practice. Many of these things will be covered by your insurance or health-sharing plan.
Membership fees are charged monthly to your bank account (preferred) or to your credit/debit card. Membership fees will be collected on a day each month that you designate.
We accept HSA, FSA, and HRA card payments similar to any other debit/credit card payment. You should also check with your human resources department or personal accountant to confirm that membership payments are eligible.
A membership with InDependence Pediatrics is not considered health insurance for your child.
We strongly recommend that patients maintain health insurance coverage in the event your child has an unexpected health care need that will require specialist services, in-depth workup, an emergency room visit, or hospitalization. We suggest either a PPO plan, a high-deductible health insurance plan, or a health sharing ministry. Make sure you pick a plan that allows you to choose your own doctor and that allows your doctor to make referrals and coordinate care without having to be “in-network.” Most HMO plans do not allow this and are not best for use with a DPC membership.
We believe that parents and children often get better care in the comfort of their own home. House Calls are the best kind of old-fashioned and personalized medicine. Though all in-person visits will routinely take place in our office, we will offer house calls to any patient for an additional charge on an as-needed basis.
In providing superb care with unprecedented access, we seek to prevent or reduce hospitalizations and specialty referrals. In instances where those types of care are required, we will certainly continue to work with your preferred hospital during your stay as well as work closely with any specialists. In some cases, depending on the level of care and the sort of expertise required, we may rely on those specialists to manage your ongoing treatment.
Children admitted to the hospital or seen through the emergency department will be cared for by their respective specialists, ER doctor, or hospitalist physician. He will communicate with them to plan for management once your child is discharged.
We know that illness doesn’t respect traditional office hours. If your child is ill,
you can call or text Dr. Husmann. You will get his cell phone number when you
become a member. He does have a family, however, and we ask that you try to
keep all non-urgent communication to business hours.
This is actually one of the great benefits of membership. We will do our best to help you from afar via video visit or phone/text/email to hopefully avoid any unnecessary disruption of your vacation. Depending on the nature of the illness, your child might still need to be seen locally for further evaluation or treatment.
Dr. Husmann will make every effort to communicate any planned vacations or time out of the office at least 1 month in advance. At these times, if Dr. Husmann is not available by phone/text/email, then care will be arranged with a covering physician. In some cases, though, you may need to visit an urgent care clinic or emergency room.
The most important conviction Dr. Husmann has about vaccinations is that every family and patient should have the freedom to make these decisions after being fully informed and without any coercion or manipulation. We welcome families who do not desire to vaccinate or who desire to follow an alternative vaccine schedule. We strongly recommend that none of our patients get the Covid shot. We are always happy to talk further about these very important and complex health decisions.
There are several options patients can access to get their vaccines, including a local pharmacy, the EMS station, or the health department (WIC office). Now that Dr. Husmann is in a permanent office, he is working on stocking vaccines. If a patient prefers, it may be possible to get vaccines from a local pharmacy and have Dr. Husmann administer them to your child in the office. Patients who are uninsured, underinsured, or otherwise qualify for the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program (including patients whose insurance does not cover vaccines) can get their vaccines free at the local health department (WIC office).
All memberships are confirmed personally before they become active and you can set a future start date for membership. You may use whatever name you wish at the time of enrollment and we will confirm it at the time of your child’s birth before activating your membership. We love newborns and prefer to see them within 2-3 days after birth.