Archive | April, 2013

Concierge Medicine Can Ease Escalating EHR Requirements

By Wayne Lipton, posted on Physicians Practice, April 25, 2013 As I talk to more and more physicians about what is happening in their offices, I hear that concerns regarding EHR requirements are having a significant emotional as well as physical impact on providers. As with most government programs developed at a distance from the front lines, the […]

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Achieving Obamacare Goals without ObamaCare

Many believe that the free market is the best solution for effectively solving our health care problems, instead of government intervention. Concierge medicine offers up the private concierge doctor as a solution for primary care access and quality of care. John Goodman takes a look at another free market solution presenting itself in the growing […]

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Concierge Medicine Learns from Service Industries

Brian Powers, Amol S. Navathe, and Sachin H. Jain published “How to Deliver Patient-Centered Care: Learn from Service Industries” on Harvard Business Review Blog Network on April 19th, 2013. The article is an insightful look into the patient centered health care movement and how it can benefit from looking at the models of service industries. […]

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Avoiding Emergency Rooms: Can Concierge Medicine Help?

Emergency Rooms are a vital part of our health care system and save countless lives every minute across the country. However, in some cases treatment sought there for non-life threatening illnesses can be dangerously expensive for many patients. The alternatives available to patients are growing. Concierge medicine and urgent care centers are seeking to relieve […]

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New Doctor in Town Offers Alternative to Traditional Fee Model: Concierge Medicine for the Masses

LAS VEGAS:By Tovin Lapan, Las Vegas Sun, April 19, 2013 Monthly subscriptions plan touted for providing access for patients, low overhead for doctors As individuals and businesses grapple with how they will meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act that kick in next year, Dr. Samir Qamar wants MedLion to be one of the options. […]

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Congressional Representative Signals Willingness to Facilitate Telehealth Services

Carrie Roll and Ellen Janos, Mintz Levin Health Law, on JDSupra.com, March 27,2013 In opening remarks at the Health Information Technology hearing series last week, Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, indicated that she intends to introduce legislation that would create a workable federal definition for telehealth services. Representative […]

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Will ACA Be a Boon for Concierge Medicine?

By JENNIFER LUBELL amednews —April 15, 2013 Proponents of the model say rising patient demand will prompt more consumers to seek personalized care, but some conflicts with health reform rules might arise. Mark Niedfeldt, MD, a family physician who practices concierge medicine in a Milwaukee suburb, is fairly certain he’ll gain new patients when the […]

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New Social Media Guidelines Issued for Physicians

By Jim Kling, April 12, 2013, Medscape News Today A new social media policy urges doctors to “pause before posting” and to not “friend” patients online. The position paper, issued by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Federation of State Medical Boards, was released at ACP Internal Medicine 2013 in San Francisco, California, […]

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Concierge Medicine Practice Offers Care For Flat Fee

Concierge Medicine: When doc is always in, patient care wins Lisa Bernard-Kuhn, nky.com, March 17, 2013 Dr. Jerry Tolbert says he’s gotten back a precious asset that physicians across the country are scrambling to find: More time with patients. Less than two years ago, the Burlington-based doctor struck out with his son Dr. Gerry Tolbert […]

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Solo Practice Doctors Become Endangered Species

Can alternative practice models like concierge medicine or direct primary care save them? Tom Kisken, Ventura County Star, April 6, 2013 VIDEO Ted Hole knows he’s a dinosaur. In an age of electronic records, the 63-year-old family practice doctor from Ventura tracks hundreds of patients in paper files that layer shelves and weigh down filing […]

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Doctors Driven to Bankruptcy- Could Concierge Medicine Have Saved Them?

By Parija Kavilanz @CNNMoney April 8, 2013 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) As many doctors struggle to keep their practices financially sound, some are buckling under money woes and being pushed into bankruptcy. It’s a trend that’s accelerated in recent years, industry experts say, with potentially serious consequences for doctors and patients. Some physicians are still able […]

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Concierge Medicine At The Mall?

Corporations like Walgreen’s move to make health care access more convenient and affordable with retail clinics. It is likely they are taking a cue from the growing popularity of concierge medicine and its benefits. The are betting that when paitents are looking to find a concierge doctor for its convenient access to health care and direct […]

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Walgreens Plays Doctor- Family Physicians Bristle

Bruce Japsen, Contributor, Forbes, April 6,2013 Walgreen’s latest push into primary care has one major doctor group taking issue with the retailer’s expansion into “management for chronic conditions” such as high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension. The nation’s largest drugstore chain earlier this week announced that its more than 330 Take Care clinics staffed by advanced […]

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Los Angeles Doctors Discuss Alternative Practice Models at AAPP Conference

Physicians News Network, April 1, 2013 As Obamacare is phased in, Los Angeles doctors, lamenting declining reimbursement rates coupled with greater overheads, are looking for alternative practice models. The recent 2013 American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP) conference in Palm Desert offered physicians a chance to compare experiences. After having been in solo practice for […]

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Interview: How Can Doctors Offer Direct Primary Care- Concierge Medicine for Employers with MedLion CEO

By Mary Pat Whaley, FACMPE, CPE, http://www.managemypractice.com, April 4, 2013 Staying with the theme of practice models (Direct Primary Care-Concierge Medicine) for independent physicians, here’s an interview with Samir Qamar, MD of MedLion. Mary Pat: You are the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MedLion, as well as a practicing Family Physician. Tell us your […]

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Pay Flat Fees to Doctors with Direct Primary Care- Concierge Medicine

For a set price, patients receive a full range of medical services. By Christopher J. Gearon, From Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, March 2013 Ever need to wait a week or more to see your primary care doctor? Perhaps you should follow the lead of Debra Sallee, 58, a Seattle hair salon owner. For a flat fee of $79 […]

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The dirtiest secret in the U.S. health care – Concierge Medicine?

At Concierge Medicine Journal we strive to present all the information and opinions relevant to concierge medicine. The following opinion is one such article, that we do not agree with however Dana Blakenhorn does present some interesting interpretations of the health care market. Doctors are not the reason health care costs keep going up.–CMJ NEW YORK (TheStreet) […]

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A future that is public … or private? Canadian Concierge Medicine?

A future that is public … or private? Canadian Concierge Medicine By Bibian Lik, The Vancouver Sun, March 14, 2013 There are competing views within medicine on how to fix Canada’s troubled health care system The health care system in British Columbia (and across Canada) is flawed and needs to be improved. That much, Dr. […]

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My Transition to a Direct-Pay Practice- Robert Lamberts MD- Georgia Style Concierge Medicine

Concierge Medicine and Direct-pay Practices are growing across the nation. My Transition to a Direct-pay Practice Pearl | April 03, 2013 | PhysiciansPractice.com By Robert Lamberts, MD If you ask a hundred physicians if they are happy with our current healthcare system, you’d be hard-pressed to get one to say “yes.” If those physicians were […]

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Social Media as a Tool in Concierge Medicine

Social media is becoming more and more dominant in the daily lives of both patients and private physicians. We use social media to read news, share pictures, and keep in touch with family and friends. Business has realized that social media can be leveraged to engage users to entice them to become customers, but where […]

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