About the Clinic


(Kathy, Vy, Kelly, Dave and Denny)

Capitol Hill Medical is a gay focused clinic that exists to serve the unique medical needs of the Seattle LGBT community. We are gay doctors and gay clinicians in Seattle offering primary care services to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans* patients. We are also certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine as HIV specialists, and offer hormone therapy to our trans* patients who are in transition.

Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of our patients by offering the highest quality evidence-based medicine in a setting of open acceptance. We feel that the best medicine is practiced when patients feel comfortable coming out of all of their closets - there are usually more than one. Gay, Lesbian, Trans*, and those patients in between often have significant distrust of the medical community - the result of an inability to relate to their providers, or the fear of being judged. Finding a gay doctor in Seattle can also be a challenge, as our friends and loved ones have told us.

Run by gay doctors and providers, with the friendliest staff around, our mission is to create a clinic where you feel safe, celebrated, and healthy. Ultimately, we believe that compassion begins with self-identity, and have founded our clinic to model acceptance, open and honest healthcare, and to provide answers for the unique issues that we face in our lives.

(The use of Trans* on this website is intended to include multiple transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming identities.)

Hours

Monday - Thursday 9am to 4:30pm
Friday 9am to 2pm

2013 Holiday Schedule

  • February 18th - President's Day
  • May 27th - Memorial Day
  • July 4th & 5th - Independence Day
  • September 2nd - Labor Day
  • November 28th & 29th - Thanksgiving
  • December 24th & 25th - Christmas
  • December 31st and January 1st (2014!) - New Year's Day

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Parking: There is ample parking available for the building for a reasonable fee. However, we won't be able to validate.

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Health Insurances

At Capitol Hill Medical, we accept most major insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield - most plans
  • Cigna
  • First Choice Health (and select associated Group Health Alliant plans)
  • Great-West
  • Lifewise
  • Pacificare
  • Premera
  • Regence
  • Tricare (US Military health plan)
  • Uniform
  • United Healthcare

Below is a list of some things to consider whether you are a current patient or would like to become a patient at CHM.

  • Within every major insurance company, there are many plans. Some plans are more comprehensive than others. Because there are thousands of individual health plans, you will want to contact your insurance company to see if we are contracted with them.
  • Some insurance companies require their members to notify them when they have changed Primary Care Providers. For example, Aetna requires this for most of their plans. Insurance companies can deny payment for services if you have not updated your PCP information.
  • Most insurance companies require referrals or prior authorizations for services provided by someone other than your PCP. CHM will contact your insurance company to obtain a referral or prior authorization, however, in a lot of cases, the referral has to come from your PCP. The staff at CHM has to know if you are seeing a specialist before your first appointment as some insurance companies will not allow the referral or prior-authorization to be retro-active.
  • Some insurance plans do not cover preventative care, which would include annual physicals, lab tests, immunizations or other screenings. Medicare will cover a routine health exam, but only every 4 to 5 years. It is your responsibility to verify with your insurance company what is covered under your plan. While it is the goal of Capitol Hill Medical to provide you with the best care possible, you are responsible for any charges not covered by your insurance plan. It is in your best interest to know in advance what your plan covers. More and more insurance plans require prior authorizations on medications. Your plan has a list of covered medications and generic substitutions.
  • If you receive a statement from CHM, it should have the reason for the charge. If your insurance company has denied charges or applied the charges to your annual deductible, you would have also received an explanation of benefits from your insurance company. If you feel your claim was processed incorrectly, please contact your insurance company for a detailed explanation.

Please keep in mind that we also offer procedures which are not reimbursed by insurance. For these we accept Cash, Check, Visa, and Mastercard.

First Visit

For your first visit we ask that you bring your insurance card so that we can record the information and not have to ask you for it again. We will also have you spend a few minutes filling out a brief intake questionnaire, a HIPAA form (detailing your rights with regard to Health Information Privacy), and a Release of Information form so that we may retrieve medical records from any previous providers. We will also ask for your permission to take a one-time face photo to be entered securely into our Electronic Medical Record. For this reason we ask that you come at least fifteen minutes early for your initial visit.

Specialist Care

When you require specialized consultation we will work with you to identify which specialist would best address your needs and send the appropriate medical records to their office. To maintain continuity of care we will request, and ensure that we receive, an update from the consultant. We do ask that you be familiar with the requirements of your insurance plan regarding specialist care, and we will make every accommodation to match those requirements.

Medication Refills

If you still have refills remaining, it's as simple as calling the pharmacy where you originally filled the prescription. If you have no more refills available, we ask that you schedule a visit with your provider before your medication runs out. All prescription medications require some level of patient safety monitoring. It may be as simple as reviewing with your provider any side effects you may be experiencing, but often can require lab tests for checking on the health of your body as it responds to the medication. Your provider will dispense enough medication to last until the next time you need monitoring.