Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Is Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group a primary care doctor’s office?

No, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group is not a primary care office. We are a specialty group.

What does Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Group do?

We are a specialty medical group that evaluates and counsels patients on pursuing a healthy lifestyle based on the principles of Lifestyle Medicine.  We also recommend and offer medical supervision for those going through our educational programs offered through Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute.

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle Medicine is the evidence-based practice of helping people adopt and sustain healthy behaviors affecting health and quality of life. Rochester Lifestyle Medicine is based on 9 pillars: whole-foods plant-based nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, social connectedness, nature, purpose, and avoiding substance abuse.  We work with you to optimize these pillars in order to prevent, reverse and treat chronic illness.

What is a Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) diet?

Whole foods are not heavily processed. That means whole, unrefined, or minimally refined ingredients including whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes. Think whole potatoes vs. potato chips.

Plant-based means foods which are derived from plants only.

Whole-Food Plant-Based doesn’t include animal products such as meat, milk, eggs, or honey or heavily processed foods such as white rice, white flour, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or oils. (An olive is a whole food while the oil that has been removed from the olive is a processed food.)

Are my medical visits at RLM Group covered by health insurance?

If you are located in the Greater Rochester, NY area, yes. Standard specialty medical visit fees are covered by most health insurance companies for eligible patients (copay or deductible may apply).  Please note that although we take most types of health insurance, we do not currently participate with United Healthcare or Aetna and are considered out-of-network. To verify benefits with United Healthcare or Aetna and other health insurance companies, please contact them to check for out-of-network benefits.  At this time, out of region patients are strictly self-pay. For self-pay patients, payment is expected at time of service. We have a hardship policy for uninsured patients; please let us know if this applies to you.

How much do I pay for a visit?

This depends on your health insurance.  We are considered a specialty office, so the normal specialty copay, coinsurance, or deductible would apply. For self-pay or uninsured patients, please call the office to request a fee schedule.

Which program is right for me?

We offer several different programs. Check out our Services page to compare our programs.

Can I get an appointment with a registered dietitian?

Currently, we are accepting patients experiencing chronic kidney disease for appointments with our registered dietitian.  These appointments require a referral from a nephrology office. 

Are educational programs offered by Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute covered by health insurance?

Generally speaking, no. This would include all RLMI programs: Jumpstart, CHIP, and Lift.  There are some circumstances in which our programs may be eligible for HSA or HRA reimbursement, but only with your employer’s approval and only in specific instances (for example, when taking one of our programs with the goal of losing weight, in the case that the participant is obese.)

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