Nurse’s cash-only practice opens in Boca Raton
Family nurse practitioner Rachel Huerta has opened a concierge practice in Boca Raton with a monthly fee she thinks may be a first in Palm Beach County.
Offering an alternative to fast-track health care, Huerta won’t take insurance.
“When you step out of insurance you’re free, and the office has time,” she said. “Most visits are 30 to 60 minutes. We don’t double book so the patients don’t wait long.
“Think of it as a gym membership,” Huerta said at the Oct. 25 grand opening of her Direct Primary Care of Boca Raton office at 801 Meadows Road, suite 111. “Patients pay a monthly membership fee based on age.”
For infants to age 18, the fee is $35; ages 19 to 39 is $65 a month; ages 40 to 59 is $85 a month; and 60 and older is $100. There’s no long-term contract and patients can opt out with a 30-day notice.
Huerta offers a home visit option for $30 to $50 based on distance.
She does telemedicine over a secured site through Spruce Health app as an option when her patients are out of town. She can prescribe and dispense medication except for controlled substances, and offers wholesale generic medications.
Her practice offers physicals, pre-op exams, sick and wellness visits, management of chronic disease, weight-loss consults and referrals. She draws lab tests on site and works with a local lab to offer patients discounted costs, she said.
Her office is across the street from Boca Raton Regional Hospital and she said she’s on staff there.
“So I can see my patients at the hospital,” Huerta said.
Formerly the family nurse practitioner at Twin Lakes Medical Center in Boca, she has a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in 2011 and has been a nurse since 2004. Her husband Jody Huerta will run the business side.
The immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, Huerta is still a member.
Visit dpcboca.com or call 561-530-2622.
Yours in Service,
Rachel Huerta, ARNP
Owner of Direct Primary Care of Boca Raton
2017 Healthcare Woman of Distinction Award Winner
Immediate Past-President of The Rotary Club of Boca Raton