The Complete FSA Eligibility List

Here it is — the most-comprehensive eligibility list available on the web. From A to Z, items and services deemed eligible for tax-free spending with your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and more will be here, complete with details and requirements. Important Reminder: FSAs, HRAs and other account types listed may not all be the same. Be sure to check with your administrator to confirm if something is eligible before making a purchase.

Here it is — the most-comprehensive eligibility list available on the web. From A to Z, items and services deemed eligible for tax-free spending with your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and more will be here, complete with details and requirements. Important Reminder: FSAs, HRAs and other account types listed may not all be the same. Be sure to check with your administrator to confirm if something is eligible before making a purchase.

Concierge Medicine: FSA Eligibility

Concierge Medicine: eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Charges for medical care received by a concierge doctor are eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Charges for medical care received by a concierge doctor are not eligible for reimbursement with a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA) or a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

Concierge doctors typically charge a membership fee, whether medical services are performed or not. This fee is not eligible, because it is not directly related to the provision of medical care.

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What is concierge medicine?

Concierge medicine, also known as a boutique practice, is a type of medical care where patients will pay an out-of-pocket fee to become a patient of a medical professional with a small, established clientele. In most cases, these are physicians who have made the determination that they will no longer accept insurance payments for their services, and as opposed to having their insurance cover the cost of care, patients will instead pay a retainer for the doctor's services. While consumer-driven healthcare accounts do not cover the initial expense of concierge fees, any medical services paid for at these offices would be covered (American Academy of Pediatrics).

What are the benefits of concierge medicine?

Concierge medicine has become increasingly popular as a direct result of the structure of the American healthcare system. Doctors are paid to make diagnoses and perform procedures on patients, but they are not paid for the time they spend with patients or for their efforts to coordinate care. Additionally, doctors are forced to employ individuals to process insurance reimbursements, billing and other services, which can be an onerous process and may hurt their financial bottom line overall. While some boutique practices may reimburse through insurance on a limited basis, the vast majority will not work with insurance at all.

As a result, many doctors have opted to embrace concierge fees as a means of simplifying the healthcare process, while in turn offering their patients an improved standard of care (i.e. longer office visits, 24-hour service etc.). However, under this format, doctors are left to determine what exactly their concierge fees will cover. For instance, some concierge doctors will charge an annual fee for their services and patients will also have to pay for in-office visits, while other physicians will have their retainers cover all in-office care as well. It's vital for prospective patients to shop around to find the best combination of services and affordability for the cost of an annual retainer (Kiplinger)