Dr. Mark Pinsky Brings Concierge Medicine To Brevard

BREVARD COUNTY • SUNTREE, FLORIDA – Perhaps you’ve heard the joke about the “Rule of Three” when it comes to getting your doctor’s attention. It takes three months to get an appointment with your physician, you wait three hours in his waiting room before he sees you and then you get three minutes with him at the end of it all.

Dr. Mark Pinsky with his patient, Bob Browsky. Dr. Pinsky is one of the latest doctors to join MDVIP, a national network of 650 physicians from Hawaii to Maine committed to practicing preventive and personalized healthcare, not just the treatment of disease. (Space Coast Medicine & Active Living)

Many doctors are as frustrated with this sad state of affairs as their patients are. Some, like Dr. Mark Pinsky, are doing something about it.

At the end of this month, the Suntree family and sports medicine physician will launch a completely revamped practice model. His patient load will drop from 4,200 to just 450 to allow him to devote optimal time with all of his patients.

How is Pinsky accomplishing the miracle?

PERSONALIZED HEALTHCARE

Pinsky is one of the latest doctors to join MDVIP, a national network of 650 physicians from Hawaii to Maine committed to practicing preventive and personalized healthcare, not just the treatment of disease, as is the case in most traditional primary care practices.

Dr. Mark Pinsky is one of the latest doctors to join MDVIP, a national network of 650 physicians from Hawaii to Maine committed to practicing preventive and personalized healthcare, not just the treatment of disease, as is the case in most traditional primary care practices.

The network has adapted the basic concept of concierge medicine – health care that is customized, pro-active and readily accessible – and made it affordable.

Patients pay an annual membership between $1,500 to $1,800, which covers the wellness program that encompasses advanced screenings and physician counseling. As a courtesy, patients’ children ages 16 to 26 are seen without the annual membership fee.

PRIVATE INSURANCE AND MEDICARE ACCEPTED

Unlike concierge medicine physicians who often do not accept any type of insurance, MDVIP doctors accept private insurance and Medicare for office visits.

As part of the MDVIP network, Pinsky has committed to same day or next-day appointments that start on time and unhurried visits that last a minimum of half an hour and can last as long as necessary, unlike the eight-minute rush jobs found in many traditional practices.

“It’s almost as if the model was prepared for me,” said Pinsky.

“Being a doctor is my life’s blood. I’ve always prided myself for spending a lot of time with my patients. It allows you to be a better physician. The ability to deliver optimum health care is priceless. I wake up in the morning and feel good about what I’m doing, because I’m making a solid, positive impact.”

Pinsky always liked to spend extra time with his patients, because he believes it is necessary in order to get to the root of medical issues. As part of the MDVIP network, Pinsky has committed to same day or next-day appointments that start on time and unhurried visits that last a minimum of half an hour and can last as long as necessary, unlike the eight-minute rush jobs found in many traditional practices.

“In traditional primary care practices, physicians are generally focused on reactive health problems and are not always able to spend adequate time to address prevention, wellness or manage conditions like diabetes, cardiac issues, hypertension and other illnesses which can become more serious, demand more treatment and become more costly for patients,” said MDVIP medical director Dr. Andrea Klemes, who points to data on the improved health outcomes of MDVIP patients as proof of the program’s efficacy.

“In traditional primary care practices, physicians are generally focused on reactive health problems and are not always able to spend adequate time to address prevention, wellness or manage conditions like diabetes, cardiac issues, hypertension and other illnesses which can become more serious, demand more treatment and become more costly for patients,” said MDVIP medical director Dr. Andrea Klemes, who points to data on the improved health outcomes of MDVIP patients as proof of the program’s efficacy.

Peer-reviewed journal articles support the personalized medicine model, citing reduction in costly hospitalizations that have saved consumers $300 million in just one year. A study in The American Journal of Managed Care also noted a 79 percent decrease in hospitalizations for MDVIP Medicare patients and 75 percent for MDVIP patients with commercial insurance, as opposed to patients in non-MDVIP practices.

The cornerstone of MDVIP is the comprehensive, state-of-the-art prevention and wellness program that cannot be easily replicated in a conventional office setting. It begins with an hour-and-a-half to two-hour wellness exam with screenings to assess heart health, diabetes, respiratory health, bone health, fitness activity status, sleep issues, vision and hearing, weight management, emotional well being, sexual health, comprehensive risk factor analysis and adult immunization needs.

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One Response to “Dr. Mark Pinsky Brings Concierge Medicine To Brevard”

  1. Yea but MDVIP takes 1/3rd of gross revenue every year. This needs to be more affordable and then most docs would do it.

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