What is the annual Premier Care membership fee?
Renown has established affordable annual membership fees for individuals and couples 19 years and older. Patient membership fees range from $495-$1,800 per year, which can be paid through monthly payments upon request. *Payments may be made in 12 monthly installments by providing Renown Premier Care Program with a credit card number, expiration date and verification number, and the name under which the card is issued. Member shall authorize Renown Premier Care Program to charge 1/12 of the applicable membership fee each month during the Membership Year, and authorizes an additional $50 Administrative Fee to be added to the annual fee.
Why does Premier Care charge a membership fee?
The annual membership fee for Premier Care members (which can be paid through monthly payments) is necessary to allow a smaller patient base. Most primary care practices take care of 2,000 to 3,000 patients; Renown’s Premier Primary care doctors will care for 300 to 600 patients enabling them to spend more time with each patient during office visits, see patients the same or next day of an appointment request and respond to patient phone calls and/or emails within 24 hours/7 days a week to name just a few enhanced services.
Why would someone decide to become a member of the Premier Care program?
Convenience and ease of access to the doctor afforded through a smaller practice is probably the most compelling reason someone would want to join a Premier Care medical program. For example, someone who travels extensively may need timely access to his/her doctor during non-traditional office hours including weekends. Because of that person’s circumstances, Premier Care may be a better option than traditional primary care doctor practices.
What are the qualifications of the Premier Care doctors?
Premier Care Program doctors are highly qualified, board certified specialists in internal medicine. Premier Care's affiliation with Renown's integrated health network provides direct access to the latest medical technology as well as a full range of medical specialists.
Do I still need health insurance?
Yes. The Premier Care program does not take the place of general health insurance coverage. Insurance companies will be billed directly and the standard co-pay will apply. The purpose of the membership fee is to ensure easy access to the doctor and the practice.
Does my membership fee cover any of my medical expenses such as office visits, lab and imaging services or even hospital stays?
No. For medical services such as these, insurance companies will continue to be billed directly and the standard co-pay will apply. The purpose of the Premier Care membership fee is to ensure easy access to the doctor and the practice.
What if I sign up for Premier Care, but after a year find that I don’t really need the increased access and convenience a smaller practice provides—can I get a refund or opt out of the program?
While refunds of an annual membership are not given, patients have the ability to terminate the agreement at anytime upon 30 days written notice to the Program. If you find that the Premier Care program is not for you, we will be happy to assist your search for another primary care doctor (see information below about resources).
Will my Premier Care doctor see me if I am hospitalized?
Once alerted to your hospitalization, your Premier Care doctor will follow your care closely. Your doctor will work with the Renown Medical Group hospitalists, who specialize in managing patient care in the hospital, to ensure you get 24 hour coordinated care. If you are admitted to a skilled nursing facility, your Premier Care doctor will participate in the coordination of your care.
In addition to having easier access to my doctor, how is a Premier Care doctor different from other primary care doctors I've seen?
Renown Premier Care doctors practice from medical group locations that are part of Renown Health, northern Nevada’s largest integrated health network.
What if I decide that the Premier Care option isn't right for me — will I need a new primary care doctor?
If your current doctor has elected to join Renown’s Premier Care program and you decide not to join, you will need to select a new primary care doctor that matches your healthcare needs and philosophy. You can visit “Find A Doctor” at www.renown.org, which features complete profiles for over 80 excellent Renown Medical Group doctors in 18 medical group locations. You can also call our Medical Group Scheduling at 775-982-5000.
How do I learn more about Renown Premier Care?
Call us at 775-982-8259 to determine if the Premier Care program will meet your needs and expectations.