How is nourish wellness different from other medical practices?
Nourish Wellness is different in so many ways!
- You will have direct access to my email address and phone number. You need me? You can call, text or email.
- You will have access to same day and next-day medical appointments.
- You will have access to appointments “after-hours” and on weekends.
- You will have access to house calls.
- You will have relaxed appointments in which you will have plenty of time to ask questions, be well-informed and feel comfortable with the plan.
- You will have access to price transparency. You know how much it costs and exactly what you are getting for your hard-earned money. There are no hidden costs and because you pay at the time of service and there no surprising bills in the mail.
what are the benefits to becoming a Patient of nourish wellness?
- Peace of mind: as a patient of Nourish Wellness, you will have access to me via cell phone, a texting app and email. Your child will be seen the same or next day for urgent needs. You will have a doctor that you can count on to help you when you need it most.
- Newborn house calls until the 2 month visit
- Access to enriching education through classes at Nourish Wellness.
- No hidden costs, ever.
will you bill my insurance company? Will you bill medicaid?
I accept any patient with any insurance plan. No patient will be turned away for inability to pay. However, as a solo pediatrician with no staff, I choose to devote my time to you and as little as possible to paperwork. The typical medical practice has around 60% or higher overhead of which a fair portion is devoted to paying staff to bill and handle any issues with the insurance companies. My goal is to keep overhead low so that I can have more time to spend with my patients. I am here to serve you, not the insurance companies. Because of these reasons, I have chosen to not contract with insurance companies or medicaid at this time and I will not be sending claims to insurance companies.
do i still need to have insurance?
Yes. Insurance is very important to have for emergencies and unexpected “catastrophic” medical problems which may require hospitalization or surgery. If you have insurance, you may also be able to utilize this to help pay for lab work, imaging and visits to the specialist.
can i bill (submit claims to) my own insurance for reimbursement?
Absolutely! I will be happy to provide you with a “superbill” which will have the necessary information and coding in order to submit a claim to your insurance company right after your child’s visit. Some insurance companies provide very good reimbursement depending on your plan. Call your insurance company to inquire about reimbursement rates for out-of-network physicians.
Can someone teach me or help me submit a claim to my insurance company?
Yes! I am currently working with a medical billing specialist who can submit claims on behalf of families for $10 per claim. Please ask Dr. Yami if you are interested in this service.
my child has medicaid, can you still be his/her doctor?
Absolutely and it would be my pleasure! However, I will not bill medicaid for the services provided.
can i apply costs incurred at nourish wellness to my Health savings account (HSA)?
Yes! And I will provide you a receipt and a copy of the superbill.
do you take credit cards? cash? check?
Yes to all three!
what happens when you go on vacation?
When I am out of town, on the grid and in the country, you will still be able to reach me on my cell phone and email. If I go off-grid or leave the country, I will arrange for coverage so that you will always have a medical professional to assist you. I plan to be in town 90% of the time and you will have advance notice as to when I am gone and for how long.
what is a micropractice?
A micropractice is a medical practice that limits the total number of patients in order to have the time to provide exceptional care to every single patient. In addition, micropractices generally run with few (or no) staff and utilize technology to keep overhead low which allows the physician to see fewer patients and spend more time with each one. The typical doctor has more than 2000 patients on their panel. A micropractice usually has less than half of this. My goal is to limit my practice to no more than 500 patients. I want to get to know you and your family and spend time developing relationships instead of on the "treadmill" of the production-based model of health care.
what is an ideal medical practice?
As described by Dr. Moore and Dr. Wasson in 2007, an Ideal Medical Practice is "a practice model designed to enhance doctor-patient relationships, increase face-to-face time between doctors and patients, reduce physician workloads, instill patients with a sense of responsibility for their health and cut wasted dollars from the entire system." The key principles of ideal medical practices are:
- collaborative care
- 24-7 access and continuity
Do you provide Immunizations?
Yes! I provide all routine childhood immunizations.
Do you speak Spanish? Hablas espanol?
Yes! Si! Por su puesto!
I'M READY TO REGISTER MY CHILD WITH YOU! HOW DO I DO THAT?
Awesome! I'm so excited! I'll be happy to talk with you on the phone or meet in person for a complimentary 15 minute appointment to answer any questions you may have before your child's first appointment. You may contact me via email at DrYami@NourishYakima.com, phone 509-969-6214, or though the web form.
“We first met Dr. Lancaster at the hospital after the birth of our first son. It was a difficult delivery and we were overwhelmed with our new addition. She answered our never-ending questions with ease and patience. Fast-forward a few years, we now have three boys, and Yami still quickly calms our panic when we visit with another infection, fever, or bump on the head. She clearly and thoroughly explains illnesses and treatments and has a wonderful rapport with our children. Any tension that they have when visiting the doctor’s office is quickly alleviated through her interaction with them. In short, we absolutely recommend Dr. Lancaster to anyone seeking exceptional pediatric care in the Yakima Valley.” -Bri, mother to 3 boys