General Information

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is the future of medicine, where providers treat the “whole” person and get to the root cause of disease. By establishing a patient and provider partnership, Functional Medicine of Idaho is transforming healthcare by giving the patient the ultimate power to heal. Functional Medicine efforts focus on the root causes of an individual’s condition and treats those causes. Our philosophy for optimum health is based on our belief that everyone has the potential to achieve wellness. We believe that by studying the individual and his or her interactions with their environment (exercise, toxic exposures, sleep patterns, diet, stressors, mental health, and history of disease or dysfunctions), we are better equipped to help our patients achieve improved health and wellness.

Can FMI be my primary care provider?

Adult patients who are in-network are able to select Functional Medicine of Idaho as their primary care provider after they establish themselves as a patient at our clinic. After their initial functional consult, they can then be seen for annual wellness exams and acute visits.

How do I get a prescription refill?

If you need a prescription refill, please call your pharmacy and have them fax us a prescription refill request form. Fax number: (208) 385-0346

What is a group visit?

Group visits are an informational visit for a community of people. In a relaxed environment, we cover a vast array of topics, including: anti-inflammatory diet, avoiding toxins in our environment, adrenal fatigue, neuroinflammation and cognitive decline, special and specific diets (keto, whole 30, candida cleanse, etc), etc.

What is a shared visit?

Shared medical visits focus on educating a small group of patients on a particular health topic. These appointments allow for a community with similar health concerns to engage for an extended time with medical providers and nutritionists. The first nutrition visit is typically a shared medical visit in a small setting of 3-5 people and one of our nutritionists.

New Patient

Is FMI accepting new patients?

Yes, we are accepting new adult and pediatric patients. To become a new patient with Functional Medicine of Idaho, follow this link.

How do I become a new patient?

To become a new patient with Functional Medicine of Idaho, follow this link.

What is involved in the FMI intake process?

Visit our New Patient Experience page for an overview of the process.

What to expect at the first visit?

During your initial appointment, your provider will hear your story and review your health profile with you to gather information. Your provider will spend time listening to dive deep into your health history, past health issues, and ongoing health concerns. This visit will set the foundation for your journey to optimal health! *If you choose Functional Medicine of Idaho for primary care, one of the next steps will be to schedule your wellness (yearly physical) visit.

How should I prepare for my first visit?

Before your appointment, please fill out all of the intake forms and questionnaires listed on your patient portal profile, login here. Also, we ask that you please bring your insurance card and driver’s license (or some other form of identification) to your initial appointment.

Do I have to be in-person for my first visit?

We are proud to offer telemedicine option for all appointment types. Inquire with our patient care team about these offerings when scheduling your initial appointment.

Billing & Insurance

Does FMI take insurance?

Our team of providers is in network with most Blue Cross, Regence, Aetna, Select Health, Pacific Source, Cigna, and Mountain Health Co-op plans. Additionally, Dr. Jennifer Hudson, DO, FACOG, OB/GYN, is also in network with most United plans.

Please call your insurance provider to guarantee coverage. Most insurances not listed above are considered out-of-network, including: Medicare, Medicaid, etc. For out-of-network patients, we offer a 15% cash discount for appointments. Additionally, we can provide you with a detailed bill for most services that contain ICD-10 diagnostic codes and CPT codes for reimbursement. We accept all HSA and FSA cards as a form of payment.

What are my options if FMI is out of network or if I don't have insurance?

For out-of-network patients, we offer a 15% cash discount for appointments. Additionally, we can provide you with a detailed bill for most services that contain ICD-10 diagnostic codes and CPT codes for reimbursement. We accept all HSA and FSA cards as a form of payment.

Can I pay my bill online?

Yes! Simply log in to your Patient Portal, select the Invoices and Payment icon on the right side of the screen, click the red Make Payment $ button, select or enter a credit card, and add the amount you would like to pay. Finally, click the blue Process Payment button to finalize.

Here’s a direct link: https://patientportalfunmedidaho.md-hq.com/billing

If you need a receipt, patient ledger, or would like to make a payment over the phone, please call our billing line directly at (208) 995-2927.

Policies

What is your cancellation policy?

To avoid our no-show fees, please cancel an appointment at least 48 business hours (ex. prior to 10am on Thursday to cancel an appointment scheduled for 10am on Monday). The no-show fees for cancelling less than 48 business hours before or not showing up for an appointment are: $100 for physicals and new patient appointments and $50 for follow ups and nutrition appointments.

What is FMI’s policy if a patient shows up late for an appointment?

For Adult/Primary Care, Men’s/Women’s Health, Nutrition/Health Coaching appointments (45 to 60 minutes) — Our office policy is to reschedule patients who are more than 15 minutes late to an appointment. Although we understand that situations can arise last minute that can cause our patients to be late, we also want to provide the best appointment possible with the appropriate amount of time to cover everything. We’ve found that starting appointments more than 15 minutes late makes our providers late for their following appointments. In these cases, we’re more than happy to reschedule.

For Pediatric appointments (WCC and Acute – 15 to 30 minutes) — Our office policy is to reschedule patients who are more than 7 minutes late to an appointment.

Can I see FMI just for Nutrition?

Yes, you can see an FMI nutritionist without first being seen by a provider, but you will be considered cash pay for the visit.

How do I set up the patient portal for my entire family?

A separate registration form must be completed for each family member because it directly populates a patient chart unique to that individual.

Patient Portal

How do I set up the patient portal for my entire family?

A separate registration form must be completed for each family member because it directly populates a patient chart unique to that individual.

Wellness Department

Can I see FMI just for Nutrition?

Yes, you can see an FMI nutritionist without first being seen by a provider, but you will be considered cash pay for the visit.

How do I know if nutrition services are covered through my insurance and may I pay with cash?

Nutrition visit coverage varies largely between insurance companies. Call your insurance company and inquire about how many “preventive” visits are covered annually. We also accept cash for visits.

What conditions and nutrition plans do FMI nutritionists specialize in?

Our functional medicine nutritionist address most medical concerns including but not limited to autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal conditions (Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia, Hypertension, Hormone Imbalances, Prenatal Nutrition, Disease Prevention and Weight Loss. We provide customized nutrition care for each patient and utilize diet plans such as Low Glycemic, Mediterranean, Ketogenic and Detox.

Women’s Health

What is the difference between a Wellness appointment and a Functional Consult?

GYN Wellness consists of vitals, yearly women’s exam with screenings (PAP, pelvic exam, breast exam) and addresses smaller/less involved concerns or questions. 

Functional Consult consists of vitals and addressing more involved issues, in which specific labs or speciality kits may be ordered. This appointment dives into lifestyle, diet, etc. to get to the root cause of health issues. The provider will create a recommended care plan to make whatever changes necessary for healing (nutrition, health coach, supplements).

Which women's health provider will be able to help with my health concerns?

Dr. Jennifer Hudson, DO, FACOG is a board certified OB/GYN providing functionally-minded women’s healthcare with a focus in preconception, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation. Please note: Dr. Hudson is currently only accepting OB patients at this time.

Jessica Bennett, CNM, APRN is an advanced practice nurse and certified nurse midwife who specializes in full-scope women’s health care, ranging from pregnancy and birth, hormonal imbalance, gut balancing, IBS, food sensitivities, skin issues, PCOS, endometriosis, pelvic pain, etc.

Pediatrics

What is the difference between a well child check (WCC) and a functional consult?

A well child check (WCC) is a 15 minute appointment that covers growth and development. A functional consult is a 75 minute appointment with Dr. Mario Brus, MD that covers any concerns that you may have, review nutrition, review any blood work, review specialty kits, and take about supplementation.

Does Dr. Brus do hospital rounds?

Unfortunately, Dr. Mario Brus, MD does not go to the hospital. The first appointment would need to be in the Meridian clinic after discharge.

Telemedicine

Please visit our telemedicine web page for more information.