Concierge Internal Medicine FAQs
Where is your office located?
My new, beautifully upgraded, office is located at 700 Garden View Court, Suite 200, Encinitas California, 92024.
Will I still need regular medical insurance?
Yes. Your regular insurance plan will continue to cover the cost associated with your routine care in our office as well as visits to specialists, lab testing, radiology tests, and possible hospital visits.
Will the office accept my medical insurance?
Yes. We will continue to accept most medical insurance plans as well as Medicare with it's associated supplements. You will, however, by law, remain responsible for your co-pays and deductibles. If you have any questions regarding your health plan please do not hesitate to call us directly.
What are your credentials?
I attended UCLA as an undergraduate and received my Bachelor's Degree majoring in Microbiology. I then attended UCSF for 5 years working towards a Ph.D. in Immunology followed by Medical School at UCLA. My residency training in Internal Medicine occurred at UCSD. I founded and grew Medical Group of North County, the largest independent medical group in North County San Diego for twenty years prior to opening my current personalized medical practice. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and I'm on staff at Scripps Encinitas Hospital. I am also an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, at UCSD.
How do I reach you?
You will be given a schedule of my office hours and the phone number allowing access to my nurses. Tier 1 patients will be given a separate after hours number to reach me personally. Access will be made simple and timely for ALL patients.
How do I make an appointment so I might decide if this type of practice is for me?
By calling us at 760-632-1018, we would be happy to schedule an appointment for an office visit. At that time, we will answer all your questions and demonstrate why we stand apart from other practices through our commitment to you as our first and only priority.
What if I have to go to the hospital?
All of my patients who require hospitalization are cared for by a group of doctors called 'Hospital Specialists'. These physicians are colleagues specializing in the unique and complicated care of patients requiring hospital care. I communicate with them daily regarding my patient's care and progress as long as they remain in the hospital. Hospitalists staff the hospital 24 hours a day to provide the immediate and precise care often required by patients ill enough to demand treatment in the hospital setting.
What if I need a specialist or special tests?
After more than 25 years of practicing in the north San Diego County, I have developed excellent working relationships with a number of superior and knowledgeable specialists. My office will assist by facilitating your appointments and coordinating care with any and all specialists necessary. If you have a specific physician in mind, we will do the legwork needed to arrange everything in a timely fashion and communicate your specific needs to those specialists involved in your care. Any and all special tests you require will be arranged in a timely and efficient manner to resolve the questions at hand.
What about prescriptions?
Prescriptions will be handled promptly and without delay. We communicate directly with all pharmacies by phone and/or computer. Whenever possible, I will be glad to offer samples of medications.
What if I just want to talk to you about something?
That is, of course, the heart and soul of what is being offered. Often, having a one-on-one conversation with your physician, about a personal concern or problem, is where the current system breaks down. Our two-tiered system of care will ensure greater access to Dr. Kipper and his nursing staff. I understand that every concern you may have is worth our time. Click here to learn more about the two tiers.