Archive | March, 2014

New Concierge Medicine Practice Opens in Boulder Colorado

BOULDER CONCIERGE MEDICINE PRACTICE, FOUNDATION HEALTH®, OPENS TO HELP ITS PATIENTS EXPERIENCE WELL® BOULDER, COLORADO— Foundation Health has opened a Boulder, Colorado concierge primary care practice founded on one basic principle: helping its patients to experience well. “Our brand of concierge medicine allows us to provide affordable, exceptional care for our patients. By focusing on […]

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Telehealth Provisions in SGR Bill Are Not Dead, ATA Official Says

An American Telemedicine Association official recently predicted that telehealth provisions included in a controversial bill to repeal and replace Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula eventually would be added to other legislation if the measure fails to pass the Senate, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation & Technology, 3/19). Background on Bill Last month, members of the […]

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Senators Seek Information on FDA’s Mobile Health App Plans

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of six senators sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking for clarification on the agency’s regulations for mobile health applications, The Hill’s“Healthwatch” reports (Viebeck, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 3/19). Background In September 2013, FDA issued final guidance for mobile health applications. The guidance said FDA will focus oversight on apps that: Were developed […]

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Obamacare’s young healthy target is slipping away

BY MEGAN MCARDLE BLOOMBERG NEWS As the clock ticks down to the end of open enrollment for health coverage, one thing is becoming clearer: what the final demographics will look like. Demographics matter a lot because they will help determine whether the health insurance market goes into a death spiral (or requires hefty federal subsidies […]

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Dominick A. Curatola, MD Introduces Personalized Care Medical Practice in Mountain View, California

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. — Dominick A. Curatola, MD recently established a concierge medical practice in Mountain View, California, combining his specialty in cardiology with a return to full internal medicine coverage for his patients, and an emphasis on age management and wellness strategies. Dr. Curatola’s new concierge or personalized care model allows him more quality time with patients […]

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Physician Practices and Smart Electronic Communications

I once worked in a medical practice where the doctor gave his personal cell phone number to everyone. Patients, supply and drug representatives, employees, all were able to contact the doctor directly. He was proficient with texting, so in addition to phone calls he got electronic text messages. Sometimes those messages were personal, but sometimes […]

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MDVIP coming soon

By Atina Roberts  Big changes are coming to a local doctor’s office. Dr. LaMonda, who practices in Columbia, conducted a meeting in Moberly on Wednesday (March 5), to inform his patients of a new way of practicing medicine. He is adapting a basic concierge-type philosophy. He has recently become part of a service called MDVIP. […]

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More Signs Employer Health Exchanges Lower Costs

Another batch of companies that turned to a new concept of giving their workers money to buy health benefits via private online marketplaces known as exchanges are seeing lower health care costs. Employee benefits consultancy Mercer says companies that moved to its marketplace saved “an average of $800 per employee.” About one-third of that amount, […]

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‘Silent Exodus’ From Medicine Threatens Patient Access to Care, Study Says

October 16, 2012 11:30 am James Arvantes – The nation’s physicians are disengaging from the practice of medicine by working fewer hours and seeing fewer patients. This silent exodus from the medical profession, driven by changes in the practice environment, has reduced patient access to physician services.   That’s one of the key findings of […]

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New style of medical practice promises greater attention, more personal care

Charles Oliver charlesoliver@daltoncitizen.com Call it the wave of the future or maybe a return to ancient practice. Dr. Stephen Carson’s medical practice sounds a little like both. Carson sees a limited number of patients (600), people willing to pay more for an enhanced level of service. That gives him the ability to really spend time […]

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Prairie Health & Wellness, a new direct-care practice, opens in Wichita

Emily BehlmannDigital Editor-Wichita Business Journal The latest family medicine practice to begin seeing patients in Wichita is unusual in two ways, says family physician Dr. Jeffrey Davis. First, it’s a direct-care practice, taking payment directly from patients instead of working with insurance companies. Second, it focuses on functional medicine, which means spending more time with patients […]

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One Focus Medical set to open April 1

Patty Miller The Edmond Sun EDMOND — Edmond doctor Jeffrey Davenport, M.D., is planning to open a new practice, One Focus Medical, on April 1. It is a new membership-based, insurance-free, direct-to-patient primary care clinic. Built on the concept that the patient pays a small monthly membership fee for unlimited access to his or her doctor, […]

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McLean (VA) doctor says ‘concierge medicine’ is future of primary healthcare

In two weeks, McLean internist Dr. David J. Jones will be taking a giant occupational leap. “As of April 1, I will no longer be accepting medical insurance,” he said. “That’s it.” Jones is one of a growing number of doctors who are becoming increasingly frustrated with what they say is an inefficient primary care […]

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New clinic offers concierge medical services

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa —Imagine being able to text or call your doctor on his or her personal cellphone and get in for an appointment within 24 hours. That’s the concept behind one of the metro’s newest medical practices. Opening Concierge Medicine Iowa in West Des Moines only two months ago, Dr. Trae Ingram offers […]

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Puget Sound Physicians Rally Behind New Health Insurance Model

Eastside Family Medicine Clinic joins other regional groups in adopting Physician Care Direct’s Employer Health Ownership Plan™. Primary care-focused health plan gives small- and medium-sized employers the same control over costs as larger employers PR Newswire BELLEVUE, Wash., March 11, 2014 BELLEVUE, Wash., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Amid news that health insurance premiums will rise for nearly two-thirds […]

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Concierge Medicine Continues to Expand Nationwide

PartnerMD, a membership-driven concierge medical company, plans this year to add locations in Chicago and Charlotte, N.C. They’ll open by July, and will be the ninth and 10th outposts for the 10-year-old firm, chief executive Linda Nash said. They follow three new locations the company launched between June and February, including facilities in Seattle, Atlanta […]

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Holistic Response to Obamacare: Direct Primary Care Texas

Physician Responds to Obamacare Holistically Austin Osteopathic Family Medicine reveals a natural alternative to the Affordable Care Act. We are attempting to return to the old doctor patient relationship, which includes longer, more personalized visits. My patients truly appreciate being seen on time, not being rushed, and knowing the cost of their treatment before the […]

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Concierge Medical Care in Alabama

Alabama doctors now offering concierge medical care BY LYDIA SEABOL AVANT for The Tuscaloosa News, March 8th, 2014 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A growing model of health care has now come to Tuscaloosa. An estimated 5,500 doctors in the United States are concierge doctors — physicians who charge patients an annual fee, usually ranging from $600 to […]

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Concierge Medicine Dalton Georgia

By Charles Oliver, for the Daily Citizen, March 8th, 2014 Call it the wave of the future or maybe a return to ancient practice. Dr. Stephen Carson’s medical practice sounds a little like both. Carson sees a limited number of patients (600), people willing to pay more for an enhanced level of service. That gives […]

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Concierge Medicine Founder Celebrates 18 Years of Innovation

Widely credited with originating the concept of concierge medicine, MD² celebrates 18 years of practicing highly personalized care. MD² began in Seattle, WA, and now has a collection of eight offices affiliated with world-class medical institutions. Each MD² physician cares for only 50 families—granting them the luxury of time to practice medicine tailored to fit […]

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