At Heartland Endocrine group, it’s my mission to help you to feel your best. I am board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Diabetes. I use the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools to partner with you and develop a personalized treatment plan using a patient-centered approach for your endocrine conditions as well as your broader health.
Common conditions treated at Heartland Endocrine Group:
- Obesity and its complications
- Diabetes type 1 and type 2
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Thyroid cancer
- Addison’s Disease
- Growth hormone deficiency due to pituitary disease
- Menopausal hormone replacement
If you have hormone problems, you may have brain-fog, fatigue: you just don’t feel your best. If so, we can come up with a cost-effective plan that is best for you.
At Heartland Endocrine group, I:
• Put the needs of patients first
•Prioritize wellness more than diagnosing diseases
• Work as part of a team with you to provide high-quality healthcare and service
• Treat you like a VIP: I do my best to assist you
I believe that listening to my patients’ concerns is the key to lasting good outcomes and quality of life. I use both my extensive medical training and listening skills to give you the treatment options and assisting you in choose the one that fits your individual lifestyle and goals.
Becoming a New Patient
I am so excited you visited the Heartland Endocrine Group website. I offer a holistic approach to endocrine health and can help you manage any hormone problems you have. Your care may be covered by your insurance provider as out-of-network medical care—many people get up to 70% reimbursed by private insurers.
- Use FSA/HSA
- No visit copays
- No middlemen
- Out-of-network reimbursement
- For Medicare patients, the reimbursement is 80% and I give you the form and addressed envelope at your visit.
Learn more about services, fees and how to get started by clicking here.
Click the button to view patient forms and to access various articles.
Hypothyroidism (due to Hashimoto's thyroiditis)
Have you been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and wonder how it could impact your health? Do you need information and treatment to help you feel less tired and bloated, I can help.
Is your calcium high and your parathyroid gland overactive? Do you have fatigue and bone pain? I can diagnose and improve your quality of life.
Diabetes Types 1 and 2
Has your sugar been out of control? There are new medications and insulins, pumps and sensors that can make you feel much better. Come and we can start life-changing regimen for you.
How do I make an appointment?
At Heartland Endocrine, I strive to utilize technology for everyone’s sanity! Phone tag, phone tree and messages are cumbersome for everyone. My time is spent being 100% present with my patients in office. This is where the best care happens. To keep the office a healing space, we asking you to please:
- Make an appointment with me in the room before you leave, especially if we know you already need a follow-up appointment. (Plan ahead now and prevent that panicky feeling when you can’t get an appointment when you want it.)
- Log on to the patient portal (patientally.com) and send us a request for a scheduled visit
How do I cancel an appointment?
Please do this as early as possible, either by sending a portal message, or by calling the office at 563 424-6306.. We respectfully ask for at least 24 hours to avoid fees.
What should I expect for our first visit?
Our thorough, initial visit (if you are new to Dr. Figaro) lasts up to 60 minutes. It is a chance to tell your story and for me to listen. Our goal will be to create a road map to address your endocrine concerns and to improve your health. Please sign up for our portal before coming in (patientally.com) and fill out the necessary paperwork electronically. This saves valuable time so that we can focus our appointment on a solid plan. Please come 10 minutes early so we can maximize our time together.
I want an earlier appointment, is there a wait list?
Yes. If you want to come in earlier, please ask to be added to our wait list. If there is a cancellation, we will call you to see if you can come earlier.
How do we review labs?
How often should I come?
The following is a general guide for frequency of visits:
Come in ONCE YEARLY if you are:
- Super stable/have no new health goals
- Have no change in health over the last year
(Prior to that visit, we will need: yearly labs, based on your medical problem)
Come in TWICE YEARLY if you are:
- On medications, still evolving in your endocrine problem, but stable overall
(Goals: Refill prescription(s), assess effectiveness, make sure there are not major changes in your health)
If you are starting a new medication for a new problem, we suggest appointments every 4-6 weeks until stable, then every 3 months, and every 6 months for maintenance.
For women starting hormone therapy, you should notice changes in symptoms within 2-4 weeks. These therapies may require frequent adjustments and monthly follow-ups initially, then 12 weeks, 6, 9 & 12 months, in order to help you get the full benefit of therapy.
For men starting testosterone replacement, the first year of therapy involves the most monitoring for safety and effectiveness. Labs are checked at baseline 12 weeks, 6, 9 & 12 months. Once a therapeutic dose is established, we can lengthen our intervals.
How should I use the patient portal?
In general, the portal is used for: scheduling, refill requests, quick yes-or-no questions, and bill view/pay.
All you need to create an account is a simple log-in/password combination.
What insurances do you take?
Why not insurance?
Abuses and bullies me by denying all my first claims.
Reimburses me so little that I may go out of business.
Leverages a $50 penalty against me when my patients accidentally go to out-of-network labs.
Charges me hundreds of dollars of “membership fees” before I’m allowed to see their patients.
Offers me a contract that dictates my responsibility for all legal fees if they determine I did something wrong.
Why doesn’t Dr. Figaro accept Medicare?
I love caring for patients—young and old. I’m happy to care for Medicare patients. I am no longer a participating physician of Medicare on November, 2018. I can see you and will give you an addressed envelope and three page form that you can send to Medicare to be reimbursed.
Why don’t I bill directly to Medicare? Let me fill you in.
I do not bill to Medicare because:
Medicare claims are more complex than any other insurer with more billing codes and rules and regulations that require hiring a team of staff to remain compliant or else . . .
Medicare regulatory codes by which physicians must abide is 130,000 pages long! (US Tax code is only 75,000).
Medicare requires compliance with more unfunded mandates and administrative trivia than any other insurer.
How do I get a refill?
I’m running out of insulin early, what should I do?
What is a superbill?
I need a referral or an official form filled. How do I do it?
My treatment requires a prior authorization. What does this mean?
Can I have an acute visit?
Yes. Please feel free to call and see if there are any openings in the schedule. Let the scheduler know it’s acute and they can always talk to me about accommodating. I try to leave time at the end of day for this. Sometimes people call and cancel same-day, leaving last-minute openings.
Typical acute cases that I see include: sore neck with thyroid disease, hypoglycemia on current insulin regimen, side effects of hyperthyroidism or allergic reactions to medication for hyperthyroidism, needing a letter due to missed work or filling out an FMLA form.
What is an e-patient and am I one?
A patient who participates fully in his/her medical care. e-patients see themselves as equal partners with doctors in the healthcare process. And e- patient is informed, empowered, and savvy with health. With the change in information access patients have resources readily available. There are over 2000 published researched health articles a day (not including popular media). The medical databases house millions of research articles. We can’t all keep up. The goal is to collaborate as partners in your health journey. I’m open to listening to what you have read and bring in. I’m willing to read. I’m happy to direct you to good sources for information and to recommend books. I do the best I can to stay current so we both benefit.