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Forum Health Tampa
To learn more about us or schedule a 15 minute health advisor call, call 813-269-2700.
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EMAIL: [email protected]
Main Office Hours:
- Monday: 8 a.m. – 4p.m.
- Tuesday: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Thursday: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Frequently asked questions
Most frequent questions and answers
Dr. Saxena will be able to handle many of the primary care needs associated with the condition(s) or symptom(s) for which you are seeking her consultation. However, she does require that you maintain a primary care doctor for routine screening exams such as pap smears, colonoscopies, prostate exams, etc. and for after hours or emergency needs requiring immediate care or hospitalization. As a functional medicine specialist, she will take an active role in helping you transition off medications in collaboration with your prescribing physician.
In order to maximize your visit time, Dr. Saxena recommends that you organize the key labs, radiology and physician consultations in chronological order, earliest date on the top. It is your responsibility to obtain previous medical records from other physicians, or health care providers that you wish for Dr. Saxena to review. Bring a printed version of your organized records to your first visit for her reference as needed during your assessment. The more organized, the more that can be reviewed during your allotted visit time. If records are complex and/or dense, a second visit may be necessary to complete the assessment.
Yes, you are most welcome! Many of our patients live outside of the Tampa Bay area or even outside of the US, so we have adapted our practice to work with patients wherever they may be. If you live out-of-town and would like to become a patient, Dr. Saxena can be the consultant on your case with many solutions available to you. If your case requires her to manage new or existing prescriptions, then you will need to be seen onsite for your first visit and once annually to establish and maintain a formal doctor-patient relationship. Most all other consultations may be conducted by phone or Skype.
Forum Health Tampa is contracted with most PPO insurance plans, and therefore can accept most of them for those services covered by insurance. Because our advanced functional and integrative approach is a major part of each of our consultations, there are diagnostic codes, functional nutrition approaches, nutraceutical treatment options, and procedures that insurance does not cover as of today. For this portion of your care, you can either pay cash for services rendered visit to visit. As most patients choose to remain under our care for extended periods of time moving from getting well to staying. well and then aging well, we also provide membership plans with discounted rates for consultations. Many patients use their health savings account (HSA) and/or flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for our medical services.
We have found that some insurance companies request additional information that is very specific and specialized due to our expanded set of services. Due to the vast differences between what each company requires and the administrative time needed to meet those requests, we do not assist with insurance reimbursement above and beyond our initial invoice to them. Fortunately, we have been working with insurance for 15 years and have learned how to optimize coverage on your behalf. As a reminder, we charge insurance for what it covers and charge either cash or a membership fee for the advanced functional and integrative medical care that it doesn’t.
Having run an insurance-accepting medical office for 15 years, Dr. Saxena is very familiar with some of the perks and traps of having health insurance. During her time in this model, she has become very adept at being able to practice functional medicine without the regular need for costly functional medicine lab testing. She will thoughtfully order those lab panels that give the critical data that improves your success with diagnosis or prognosis without unnecessarily ordering expensive tests that don’t serve you or your finances. She does not believe that all patients must receive the same, comprehensive list of labs. After a thorough review of your case, she will make targeted recommendations to save time, money and hassle. Forum Health Tampa also provides affordable lab panels for those with high lab deductibles, those who desire labs that insurance doesn’t cover due to not having the “correct” diagnoses, or for labs that should be tracked earlier than when insurance may cover them. LabRx also offers an avenue for patients to get early detection testing outside of insurance making these results private and confidential.
Dr. Saxena is an internationally recognized functional medicine expert and physician educator committed to making root-cause medicine available to the masses at an affordable price. She offers a new patient welcome appointment for $500. Unique from others in the industry, her initial visit fee includes 60 minutes of expert consultation and initial functional medicine strategic plan with an additional 1 hour of support by a nutritionist/health coach on the details of those recommendations for your best results. Having employed this collaborative team-based first appointment for over 9 years, Dr. Saxena is confident it plays a critical role in her patients’ extraordinary success stories. During your free 15-minute health coach consult, we can advise whether or not your case would be best suited for either provider or a specific one based on your unique clinical and financial factors.
During your first visit, Dr Saxena will map out her big-picture, strategic plan of care based on her visit with you and review of your new patient forms. Many times, she will recommend some essential lab testing that usually can be done through routine lab companies. If you are happy with her assessment and proposed plan of care, you can choose to continue as a patient. Our team will arrange for you to get your labs drawn at our office or a lab draw facility convenient to you. You will then be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment in the next 4-6 weeks to review your initial lab results and track your progress. Then, we partner to determine what evaluation or treatment step makes the most sense based on the visit findings.
If you decide to end your journey after your first visit, you may choose to proceed with our recommendations. In this case, you are not responsible for any further fees. Fortunately, Dr. Saxena has not experienced this situation, but it may be reassuring to know the option exists for you.
Dr. Saxena usually recommend specific supplements to begin your initial treatment plan after her review of your case. Most of these are supplements are temporary and work to expedite healing in the early stages of your treatment. Some of them may be useful to continue on a long term basis, especially as safer alternatives to your prescription or over-the-counter medications. Some patients are able to get reimbursed through their flexible spending accounts and/or health savings accounts for these prescribed supplements.
The frequency and length of your follow-up appointments will depend on the nature of your illness and your success with our lifestyle and supplement recommendations. We find that most people who have not worked with functional medicine need more visits their first year. We also see significant improvement after 2-3 visits or 3 months for most. However, if you have a complex/severe condition or have multiple systems in your body that don’t function optimally, your healing could take longer than 3 months and may require more visits, spaced out over the year. It takes time for you , your body and our team to steadily ‘peel back the layers’ of dysfunction. Fortunately, you are always in control of the speed at which you want to implement your recommendations. To support those who desire an ongoing partnership with our practice, Forum Health Tampa has two membership options that provide affordable solutions for our comprehensive functional medicine services. Ask our team about if our affordable membership plans can support your goals.
Your initial new patient appointment fee includes 1 total hour with our health coach. Our coaches also utilize many resources including online workbooks, educational videos and a private online health coaching forum for a comprehensive support program. We find you having easily accessible answers to those common “little questions” can make a big difference in your success. Depending on the complexity of your case and need for educational or behavioral support, additional coaching visits can be purchased. We also offer discounted coaching support through our membership plans because evidence shows that patients with more touchpoints with coaches and providers have greater results and better long-term success.
Indeed we are, and we actually love doing this! In addition to her speaking engagements for physician, patient, and business communities, Dr. Saxena enjoys motivating change in any setting where there is potential for her services to help more people. She offers corporate wellness retreats for C-suite/managers, employee wellness lunch & learns, motivational speaking, and enjoys any worthy and creative use of her skills.
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