Frequently Asked Questions
Is a Concierge Style pediatrician necessary for a healthy child?
Concierge style medicine/Direct Primary Care is not required to keep your child healthy but it will make the process easier and more enjoyable. The goal of Little Village Pediatrics is to provide family- focused care and guidance on your child's health, well-being, nutrition, sleep, and other parenting needs in a flexible, patient-centered environment. You get as much time as desired with your pediatrician, not a rushed appointment once a year.
Little Village Pediatrics members will experience a much more personal relationship with their pediatrician. The pediatrician will be a quick text, call, or email away. There will be no receptionist or nurse serving as a gatekeeper to the doctor.
Are you accepting new patients to the practice?
Yes, however membership will be capped at a certain number of patients. A patient cap is the key to providing the personalized care that Little Village Pediatrics is poised to achieve. Fewer patients equals more attention, accessibility, and flexibility in members' medical care.
Do you take insurance?
Little Village Pediatrics will accept patients regardless of insurance. Little Village Pediatrics is typically considered "out of network." Insurance can be used for vaccinations, non-office laboratory testing and imaging, if these are covered benefits under the patient's particular plan. We will have discounted rates for labs and X-rays though not requiring insurance.
Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) and Flex Spending Accounts (FSA's) can also be used for the above listed along with prescription medications, specialist visits, etc. Little Village Pediatrics recommends calling your HSA carrier to see if membership fees may be paid from your HSA/FSA as it varies between carriers. There is a growing national movement to allow membership fees to be covered. This is an evolving topic.
When you are choosing an insurance plan we would recommend not choosing an HMO plan as referrals to specialists can become problematic. HMO's require referrals to only come from "in network" providers therefore we would not be able to complete referrals.
If Membership fees are not covered by my insurance or HSA, is a membership with Little Village Pediatrics still worth it?
Yes. Little Village Pediatrics aims to offer comprehensive and accessible care so that you don't wind up in emergency rooms or urgent visit centers for issues that could have been addressed by your pediatrician, if only your pediatrician were available. One urgent care visit can cost a minimum of $200 out of pocket just for walking in the door. One trip to the ER with insurance insurance can cost more than a year's membership with our office. Our goal is to keep your child out of the emergency rooms or urgent visit centers when possible.
Do I still need insurance?
Yes. Insurance is important for emergencies, severe illnesses, and catastrophic events.
How to Join?
Little Village Pediatrics can be reached by phone, text, or e-mail. A complimentary meet and greet with the pediatrician via phone, zoom, or in person (as you choose) will be provided. There are no obligations or pressure to make a decision during the meet and greet.
How do I pay the membership fee?
Little Village Pediatrics can accept cash, credit cards, checks, or set up monthly auto-draft from members' bank accounts. Sibling discounts may also be provided.
Can membership be cancelled?
Yes. Membership can be cancelled at anytime upon 30 days notice. There is no cancellation fee or penalty. If you paid the full year's fee and would like to cancel, Little Village Pediatrics will refund the fee for the months being cancelled. A re-enrollment fee will be charged for members who leave but choose to come back.
What is covered with the membership fee? (see membership page for more details)
Well checks and other routine pediatric care and consultations
Same Day Sick visit
Non urgent/non sick visits as frequently as desired
24/7 access to the pediatrician via phone, text, and email
Patient portal access
Access to discounted medications
What services are not covered in the membership?
Out-of-office procedures, labs (that cannot be performed in our office), or medical services from other medical providers such as specialist visits and hospitalizations are not covered in membership and will be billed to you insurance by those providers. Little Village Pediatrics can offer deep discounts for cash pay out-of-office labs, radiology, and medications in some cases.
Do you administer vaccinations at your visit?
Yes Little Village Pediatrics will administer vaccinations in the office.