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Maine doctors ditch insurance, offer monthly subscriptions for primary care

By Jackie Farwell, BDN Staff SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Roxanne Pettigrow has no health insurance. But the Gorham woman visits her doctor in South Portland every few weeks, paying $50 up front, once per month for regular checkups, office visits and preventive health screenings — care those lacking health coverage often skip. With her $600 annual […]

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In the World of Instant Communication, Some Doctors Add Skype to the Mix

Some boutique medical practices are offering Skype sessions with doctors as an instant communication bonus to their clients, for a price. And modern communication will likely change how all of us eventually communicate with our doctors. But, some medical experts are concerned that it could be destructive to practicing good medicine. One boutique startup in […]

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Prior to Concierge Medicine, My Access to Health Care Was Inferior to that of My Cat

Ari Armstrong. Although I loved my previous doctor, I had a difficult time scheduling a timely appointment with her. When I last called, I was told I’d have to wait three months to schedule a routine physical. Such delays are not unusual; many Americans—including many of my friends—are having trouble getting in to see a […]

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Disrupting the Traditional Primary Care Business Model- Direct Primary Care

Ben Wanamaker It is exciting to see numerous new primary care delivery business models bursting onto the scene, including concierge medicine, retail clinics, mobile health vans, and direct primary care. While each model has its own merits, direct primary care has some really unique disruptive potential that we’d like to highlight. Direct Primary Care Defined […]

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Concierge Medicine, Not Surviving, Thriving

The Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance (MPPA) is, with the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), co-spnsoring an important conference about the option of Direct Pay medical practice,”Thrive, Not Just Survive.” Any physician considering going to Direct Pay or wants to learn from colleagues who are doing Direct Pay now is encouraged to attend this informative […]

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Debunking Concierge Medicine Myths, Available To Just About Everybody

By Valerie Bauman When Devin Bruckner selected a pediatrician for her 6-year-old son, she wasn’t just thinking about what was best for him – she found an option that would be good for her community too. Bruckner took her son to the recently opened HopeCentral nonprofit health center in Southeast Seattle’s Rainier Valley. The new […]

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Concierge Medicine, Changing The Course Of Health Care.

By Mitchell Nelson The delivery and payment of health care is changing very quickly. The Affordable Care Act has created new dynamics within the practice of medicine. With many physicians and graduating residence becoming employees of large hospital networks, even less are becoming medical practice owners. However, with the changing health care rules, higher administration […]

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Million Dollar Mistake? Becoming a Doctor?

By Kathy Kristof, for CBS New Money Watch If you are brilliant, ambitious and gifted in science, you may consider becoming a doctor. If so, think twice. According to a new survey by personal finance site NerdWallet, most doctors are dissatisfied with the job, and less than half would choose a career in medicine if […]

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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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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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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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‘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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New Law’s Demands on Doctors Have Many Seeking a Network

TAYLORSVILLE, Ky. — Dr. Sven Jonsson, a primary care physician in this rural community, is seeing a steady tide of new patients under President Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act. And so far, it is working out for him. His employer, a big hospital system, provides expensive equipment, takes care of bureaucratic chores […]

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Obamacare turning doctors into pencil-pushers

By JEFFREY SINGER, M.D. SPECIAL TO THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL As a general surgeon with more than three decades in private clinical practice, I can safely say that Obamacare is the culmination of the changes that I’ve seen in the way doctors practice medicine. Unfortunately, these changes have been less progressive and more regressive, with […]

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A Simple Request To Congress From The Front Lines: Direct Primary Care

By Garrison Bliss for The Hill I know that there is going to be another scuffle over the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). I know that we have already paid $150 billion on “doc fixes” since 1997, and I know that everyone in healthcare is trying to make sure that their ox will not be gored. […]

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Doctors Stressed By Too Many Patients Turn To Concierge Medical Care

January 2, 2014|By Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel Five years ago, Dr. Ivan Castro of Winter Park was miserable with the way medicine was going. “I was constantly running behind to see the next patient and had to focus more on paperwork than on patient care,” recalls Castro, 52. That year, Castro changed his practice to the […]

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3 Reasons Why Americans are Turning to Concierge Medicine in 2014

What is concierge medicine and who is using it these services? Over the past decade, the trend in Primary Care Specialties has been for physicians to see an increasingly large panel of patients. This is due, in part, to decreasing reimbursements from Medicare and private insurance companies for primary care services. In many cases, physicians […]

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Is Concierge Medicine A Smart Choice for Doctors?

Rachida Essadiq for NTC Healthcare The Concierge Medicine Solution Examined Business savvy physicians making the switch to concierge medicine are changing the face of healthcare- one subscription at a time. The concept behind concierge medicine is simple: patients pay a monthly “subscription” fee to a physician, sometimes with a small “per visit” fee for access […]

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