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Functional Medicine FAQs
What is different between functional medicine and traditional medicine?
Functional or Internal Medicine is a different approach to diagnosing or treating disease than the traditional, western, medicine model. Neither is incorrect. They are just different.
What kinds of tests do functional medicine doctors run?
A doctor will recommend the specific tests needed to help diagnose and treat your specific health concerns. A functional medicine lab work up may include tests like: lipid panel, cholesterol, white blood cell count, food allergy, or a hormone screening. The doctor will evaluate how to treat you based on your blood, urine, or stool. These data points give a more accurate idea of what is going on in the body.
What treatments do functional medicine doctors provide?
Functional medicine physicians provide nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle modification support.
In our clinic, Dr. Steven Baca has his Diplomate of Internal Medicine (DABCI) from the American Board of Chiropractic Internists and is a licensed acupuncturist. This means, that he also uses his knowledge obtained from his doctorate and post-doctoral internal medicine education to treat with chiropractic, acupuncture, therapies, nutrition, and lifestyle modifications. He is well-versed in multiple modalities to help treat and diagnose disease without the use of medication.
Is functional medicine covered by insurance?
Functional medicine is not covered by insurance.
A health savings account (HSA) may be used to pay for lab fees if they are part of medical care, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A patient may also submit a claim to their insurance company for potential partial or full reimbursement of lab work.
We accept Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) to pre-pay these services in advance. We will provide you with all of the required receipts to submit these services. Please note that most HSAs and FSAs will allow you to pre-pay for these services in advance. However, it is the account holder’s responsibility to determine the limitations with their contact person who holds these specific guidelines.
For many other services at our office, we are in-network with various insurance companies. We will run your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment so that you know what is covered before receiving treatment.