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Attack On Out Of Network Doctors

By: G. Keith Smith, M.D. http://SurgeryCenterOK.com A patient who wanted to have a procedure at our facility asked us to file insurance. We discovered that if she had her surgery at our facility rather than at an “in network” hospital, her deductible would have been $3,000 instead of $1,500, her copay would have been 50% […]

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VIDEO: MedPage Today Interview with Leading Concierge Doctor Thomas LaGrelius, MD

  Medpage today interviewed one of the top physicians practicing concierge medicine, Thomas LaGrelius, MD of Skypark Preferred Family Care. Dr. LaGrelius is also the President of the American College of Private Physicians, a professional association for established, successfully functioning direct practices.

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Concierge Medicine and Direct Primary Care Offer A New Way to See Your Doctor

Historically, visiting your medical provider meant a lot of waiting followed by an extremely brief interaction with the doctor before they scurried out the door. And it was often only then that you realized you had one more question! Later you would complain to friends that the customer service at your medical provider was terrible. […]

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Pondering The Worth of Concierge Medicine

By Erin Havel, for The Blog Huffington Post Healthy Living, March 25, 2014 Growing up, my entire family went to one local family physician. That doctor gave my mom medical care when she was pregnant, delivered me when I was born, gave school shots, wrote prescriptions for any virus that came up, and helped my […]

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MedLion Leads the Direct Primary Care Revolution

Doctors and Practices Join MedLion in Multiple States LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In the last three months alone, Las Vegas-based MedLion Management, Inc., a Direct Primary Care provider organization, has signed up additional physicians and practices in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Florida, and Ohio. Privately-owned by Founder and CEO, Dr. Samir Qamar, MedLion has quickly […]

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Study: Primary Care Access Is A Problem for 62 million Americans And Growing

Access to primary care remains a challenge for 62 million Americans A new study shows the primary care physician shortage leaves millions with inadequate access to care By Allison Ritchie for Medical Economics Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have obtained health insurance, but new research shows that those newly insured won’t be […]

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Connecticut Concierge Doctors Celebrate 10 years of Concierge Medicine

By Thomas O’Connor, MD, Personal Care Associates, LLC ,March 28, 2014 Drs. Paul Guardino and Thomas O’Connor, principals of Personal Care Physicians, LLC, both Board Certified Internists, graduates of UConn Medical Residency, and faculty at UConn School of Medicine, describe their unique concierge medicine practice as providing 24/7 physician access, same day appointments, extended office, […]

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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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