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Doctors Shun Insurance, Offering Care for Cash

By ALEXA URA LAREDO, Tex. — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is packed with patients who pay a flat $50 fee for the convenience — or necessity — of a walk-in, quick-turn doctor’s visit. Efforts at both the state and federal level are underway to decrease […]

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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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