Archive | March, 2013

The Starbucks Syndrome in Healthcare – Concierge Medicine Los Angeles

Angelenos want their CT scans just as they want their low-fat caramel macchiatos By Daniel J. Stone,March 31, 2013 Los Angles Times “In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it’s considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional.” Ian Morrison, a Scottish-born futurist and healthcare consultant, was joking when he said those words. But […]

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Telemedicine:The Idea of Virtual Doctors is Growing on US

March 7, 2013 | By Susan D. Hall Consumers are growing more comfortable with virtual doctor visits, with 70 percent of U.S. patients open to the idea, according a global survey by technology vendor Cisco. The survey compared the views of consumers and healthcare decision-makers in 10 countries on sharing personal health data, in-person medical consultation versus remote […]

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Hitting Quality Standards May Pit Docs Against Patients

By David Pittman, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today, March 15th, 2013 BOSTON — Physicians who push hard to meet popular quality standards may be going against their patients’ wishes regarding certain medical treatments, two physician advocates said here. The threat of getting getting publicly labeled as a bad doctor — or having payments docked by Medicare or […]

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Concierge Medicine – Direct Primary Care: Trickle-Up Economics

Concierge Medicine – Direct Primary Care: Trickle-Up Economics March 12, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD | PhysBizTech It’s been a month since I started my new practice. We are up to nearly 150 patients now, and aside from the cost to renovate my building, our revenue has already surpassed our spending. The reason this is possible […]

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What the US Can Learn From China’s Health Care Reform

Leana Wen, M.D., Emergency Physician, Brigham and Women’s & Mass General Hospital. Author of “When Doctors Don’t Listen; fellow Harvard Medical School, Huff Post Blog Politics, March, 14 2013 Wang Li is a 48-year-old farmer from Dalian, China. After a two-day trip to the major provincial hospital, he’s heading home to his village to die. […]

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Alberta Canada Weak on Rules for Private Clinics: Concierge Medicine Canada

Alberta’s regulations around private medical clinics are weak compared to elsewhere in Canada and authorities lack the will to enforce the rules, a bioethics expert said Tuesday during a panel discussion at the province’s queue-jumping inquiry. Dr. Lynette Reid, associate professor at Dalhousie University’s department of bioethics, told the inquiry she’s studied the policies provincial […]

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Texas Concierge Medicine Grows: Cooper Clinic Platinum Expands to Meet Demand

February 25, 2013 10:00 ET Cooper Clinic Platinum Expands to Meet Growing Membership Dr. Reuben Elovitz Joins The Concierge Medicine Practice DALLAS, TX–(Marketwire – Feb 25, 2013) – Cooper Clinic Platinum, the concierge medicine practice at Cooper Clinic in Dallas, is expanding its physician team with the addition of Reuben Elovitz, MD. Also known as direct […]

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How Stressed Is Your Doctor?

TAMARA McCLINTOCK GREENBERG, contributor, HuffPost Healthy Living Blog, March 5, 2013 I recently received a phone call from a potential patient. A physician colleague made the referral. Over the phone, the prospective patient, speaking in a fast and anxious pace, told me that her primary care doctor “broke down and cried” during a recent visit […]

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Concierge Medicine For The Masses in Colorado

Concierge Medicine For The Masses in Colorado The Doctor Is (Always) In Direct primary care, an innovative health-care model, gains a foothold in Colorado. BY DALIAH SINGER, for 5280 The Denver Magazine We all get how a gym membership works: Pay a set fee, and then work out. Depending on the plan, you may have […]

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Concierge Medicine Care: From Father to Son

By Daina Saleh For The Sun March 28, 2013 : Comings & Goings: Doctor wants to serve community like dad did. Dr. Matthew Carducci provides a concierge-style family doctor’s practice, With Patience for Patients. Opening Jan. 2 at 1888 Bay Scott Circle, Napersville IL, this solo concierge doctor practice looks to offer more individualized care to […]

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Concierge Medicine Grows in Georgia

Concierge Medicine finds its way to Henry County, Georgia! By Melissa Robinson, Contributing Editor, The Henry County Times Concierge medicine, also called boutique, retainer-based or VIP care is a growing trend across the United States. In metro Atlanta, several Atlanta physicians are practicing concierge care, and in Henry County, at least one local doc has […]

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Concierge Medicine — Back to the Future?

BY ALICE KENNY for HealthLifeCT.com, March 22, 2013 Dr. Thomas Pellechi arrived at the home of a Greenwich executive before dawn, took the man’s fasting blood work and finished in time for his patient to enjoy his morning meal. Dr. Edward Kulich brought his black medical bag to the home of a feverish girl on […]

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The Problem With Patients In Controlling Health Care Costs

Carolyn McClanahan, Contributor, Forbes, March 26, 2013 We all know health care costs are a serious problem and most of us feel powerless to do anything about it. In this country, there is a perception that more health care means better health, and this is simply not the case. A recent article in Health Affairs […]

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BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS APPS OF 2013: Digital Concierge Medicine

BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS APPS OF 2013: Digital Concierge Medicine Find a concierge doctor or private fitness coach on your phone? Check out this list of health and fitness apps to keep you in the best shape of your life. Some are like having a concierge doctor in your pocket. Greatist.com posted this excellent review of health and fitness apps available right […]

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One Medical Group: A Concierge Service By Another Name (And Price)

Ryan Mac, Forbes Staff, March 27th, 2013 -Forbes Routine visits to the doctor’s office have become the definition of inefficiency. Whether patients are stuck filling out mounds of paperwork or counting ceiling tiles in the examiner’s office, time–with or without insurance–is always at a premium on doctor’s visits. Doctors are well aware of this, too. […]

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When Email Is Part of the Doctor’s Treatment: Concierge Medicine Delivers

By SUMATHI REDDY, Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2013 Patients love it. Physicians find it often saves them time and money. So why aren’t more doctors burning up the email lines with their patients? The questions come at all hours, popping up on Dr. Mark Seigel’s personal email account: Can I dye my hair? Is […]

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Is Concierge Medicine The Correct Choice For You?

PAUL HSIEH, MD, Contributor OP/ED Forbes, March 27, 2013 As the ObamaCare law is phased in, health policy experts predict a growing physician shortage. Although ObamaCare did not create this shortage, it will worsen the problem. Many doctors are responding to the new law by retiring early or reducing their hours in what the American […]

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A Crash Course In ‘Concierge Care’ For Doctors, Patients

By LAUREN SILVERMAN, KERA News for North Texas Ten-minute physicals and health insurance paperwork aren’t just frustrating for patients – they’re a pain for doctors, too. One of every 10 Texas doctors say they are moving away from accepting insurance and toward a flat fee for coverage. They call it “concierge care,” or direct medicine. More than […]

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AMA: Medical marijuana’s last taboo,the under 18 patient?

By CHRISTINE S. MOYER amednews staff — Posted March 25, 2013 Seattle physician Leslie R. Walker, MD, has patients as young as 10 who request medical marijuana. They often want the drug to ease alleged chronic pain, curb insomnia or enhance their ability to focus. Dr. Walker has never given in to patients’ demands for […]

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Google Ventures Invests 30 Million into Concierge Medicine with One Medical Group

Google Ventures Invests 30 Million into Concierge Medicine with One Medical Group by Ki Mae Heussner, on Gigaom.com MAR. 22, 2013 Startups offer all sorts of digital health products and services but One Medical Group is using health technology to power an entire health care practice. On Friday, the company said it had raised $30 million […]

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