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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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Concierge Medicine Iowa Opens to Serve Patients Through New Approach to Medical Care

West Des Moines, Iowa (PRWEB) February 19, 2014 In a day of lots of talk about changes in health care, Dr. Trae Ingram decided to do something about it. Ingram, a board certified family practice physician, decided there had to be something better for patients and for himself as well. Bothered by the need to […]

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A Place for Concierge Medicine in Workers’ Comp?

By: Rising Medical Solutions veryone seems to be talking about big data, analytics and how to leverage them toward better claims performance, including medical outcomes. But does better information alone drive optimal outcomes? Most likely, the answer is no. Experienced claims professionals understand that the complexity and cost of managing a portfolio of medical cases preclude […]

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Hayden Patients Say Concierge Medical Care Service Is A Healthier Alternative

Scott Maben The Spokesman-Review He doesn’t ride a horse or carry a leather satchel with a stethoscope and forceps. But patients describe Dr. Rich Samuel as a throwback to a simpler time in medicine. He gets them in quickly for appointments, offers leisurely visits and even answers their calls at night and on weekends. “We’re trying to go back […]

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The Doctor’s Team Will See You Now

A visit to the doctor may mean seeing someone else instead. An increasing number of practices are scrapping the traditional one-on-one doctor-patient relationship. Instead, patients are receiving care from a group of health professionals who divide up responsibilities that once would have largely been handled by the doctor in charge. While the supervising doctor still […]

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Apprehensive, Many Doctors Shift to Jobs With Salaries

By ELISABETH ROSENTHALFEB. 13, 2014 American physicians, worried about changes in the health care market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Though the shift from private practice has been most pronounced in primary care, specialists are following. Last year, 64 percent of job offers filled through Merritt Hawkins, one of the nation’s leading physician placement firms, involved hospital […]

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Patients Embrace Hybrid Concierge Medicine

By Wayne Lipton It’s no surprise that more and more physicians are turning to concierge medicine practice models, particularly hybrid models.  But did you know that more patients are joining concierge programs than ever before? We work with large- and small-physician practices from coast to coast, and in the last few months, we can say definitively […]

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Concierge Medicine Gets Obamacare Boost

by Leigh Held NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The Affordable Care Act began its ripple effect two weeks ago, and health insurance shoppers are quietly adjusting to their new benefits. Yet one unexpected side effect has been the boost to concierge care, typically thought of as a service for the wealthy alone. Concierge medicine has stepped down […]

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CULTURE CHANGE IS HERE: PEOPLE ARE SHOPPING FOR PRICES IN HEALTH CARE

Posted by Jeanne Pinder on February 16, 2014 I got a call the other day from a research team paid by a big organization to do research. They  were seeking information about cost transparency — whether consumers are actually using health-cost information, and how they are using it. Their beginning assumptions were that few people — only […]

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ACA fueling patient anxiety about primary care

February 17, 2014 | Madelyn Kearns – Associate Editor The viability of the primary care model is being called into question by patients who aren’t so certain about where the traditional PCP way of life can go from here — and that could shape emerging models for physician practices. A whopping 69 percent of patients expressed […]

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1 In 10 Doctor Practices Flee Medicare To Concierge Medicine

As Medicare whacks away at what doctors are paid and health insurers move away from paying fees for service to bundled payments, more physicians who own their own practices will start direct pay or concierge medicine in the next one to three years. New data from a national survey of nearly 14,000 physicians conducted by […]

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Why paying doctors salaries instead of fees won’t make healthcare cheaper

By Max Nisen One of the lesser-known consequences of health care reform in the US is a massive consolidation of doctors. Former private practice physicians are getting sucked into hospitals or networks of affiliated practices and hospitals. Beyond hospital recruiting, uncertainty about the health care market, lower insurance and Medicare payments, and malpractice premiums have driven many […]

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Concierge doctors: Are they worth the higher price?

By Claire Doan SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Concierge medicine is touted as a new, better form of health care, with more personalized attention from your doctor and even same-day appointments. But are the extra benefits worth the higher price? Jerry Verseput, who enjoys half-hour visits with his doctor, is a believer. “It’s not just trying to get me in […]

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Obamacare Leading Doctors to Look at Alternative Medicine

PANAMA CITY BEACH As millions of Americans face growing uncertainty about their healthcare plans, many finding alternatives. The idea of concierge medicine It was introduced a few years ago in larger cities like Atlanta, where it is growing in numbers.Now one local clinic is trying a similar approach to provide unlimited primary care for a flat […]

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What is the main cause of the primary care crisis?

STEPHEN C. SCHIMPFF, MD | POLICY | Primary care physicians (PCPs) have too little time per patient which means too many referrals to specialists, too little time listening and thinking, no time to delve into the stress or emotional causes of many symptoms and substantial frustration by PCP and patient alike. Previously in this continuing series on primary care and […]

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What to Charge at a Direct-pay Practice

By Robert Lamberts, MD While the decision to change to a direct-pay practice can be the most difficult one a physician can make, there is a second decision that is nearly as difficult: How to charge for services. This decision not only affects the bottom line of the practice, but can greatly affect the type of […]

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How A Boutique Fox News Doctor Cured My Dad’s Cancer

Bradley Scott Sitting back in a chair at my office, helping my father during his 2014 tax season, while cutting and pasting pictures from my Fall 2014 fashion catalog photoshoot, I find myself reflecting on a life of wonderful things, along with some really scary medical crises. Like many others, we’ve had no shortage of […]

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High-Touch Care

MARY ROWLAND  Chances are good that some of your clients have been spending long nights on the phone searching for health-care coverage after their plans were dropped by their insurers. What can you do to help?It’s probably time to look more closely at what is called “concierge medicine service” or “direct primary care,” among other […]

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House Call With Dr. Andy: Exactly what are benefits of concierge medicine?

Written by Andy Oakes-Lottridge As my patients can tell you, I’ve recently been happy to announce my transition into group practice with two wonderful doctors here in Fort Myers. This has led to lots of questions from my current patients. Can it still be concierge medicine if I’m asking patients to come see me in […]

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