Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a member of the Institute?
We are no longer taking patients.
What types of payment does The Institute accept?
Most types of payment are accepted including Medicare (except Medicare Advantage plans), Tricare and cash. Payment is expected at the time of service.
Once I am a member, can I get a same day appointment?
Every effort will be made to provide open access for Institute members. Appointments will be set aside each day to provide this service. However, if the member has a complex chronic condition, they are best served with a scheduled appointment that allows time to address all the needs.
Is The Institute a part of a local healthcare organization?
The first year of operation was supported by a local hospital in addressing the need for primary care physicians in the area. However, Stark Law prohibits The Institute from being obligated to refer patients to anyone hospital. Therefore, The Institute is free to advocate for what is best for our members with respect to physician referrals, procedures, lab tests, and hospitalizations.
Does The Institute provider admit patients to the hospital?
Quality in-patient care is best rendered by having the admitting physician located in the hospital in order to quickly respond to the patient's needs. The Institute's provider does not admit patient's to the hospital. However, he does visit our patients during their hospitalization to provide assistance to both the patient and physicians.
When the clinic is closed and I need assistance, what do I do?
Members can contact Dr. McKnight via cell, text, or email.