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New health care model given legal clearance to be tested in Missoula

A new, monthly fee-based health care model that does away with insurance billing got legal approval from Montana’s top insurance watchdog this week to be rolled out by a Missoula company. CostCare, a Missoula-based medical walk-in clinic, will be changing its Mullan Road location to the new system, called direct primary care, on the first […]

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Concierge medicine at Duke provides patients with more personal care at affordable cost

Concierge medicine at Duke provides patients with more personal care at affordable cost By Shagun Vashisth | 11/05/2017 For patients looking for a more personal relationship with their doctors or struggling to navigate the complicated Duke health system, Duke Signature Care may be the right health care option—if you are able to pay the annual […]

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Sick as a Doc? Doctors Are Burning Out

Sick as a Doc? Doctors Are Burning Out — and It’s Serious Why we need to say the words “physician, heal thyself” now more than ever. by Nicole Spector / Nov.01.2017 / 10:40 AM ET Doctors may be reluctant to discuss their own suffering for fear of being frowned upon by their colleagues.John Gomez / […]

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AlternativeMed™ Assumes Concierge Doctor Identity

This is to inform you that our company has recently changed the business name from Concierge Doctor to AlternativeMed™. The change came into effect on [October 30, 2017]. Please note that there has been no change in management and in the range of product/services we offer. Nevertheless, our name change shall not impact our ongoing […]

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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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3 trends driving retail health clinic expansion

Retail clinic numbers to hit 3,000 by 2015 Zack Budryk Retail health clinics are a new healthcare delivery trend quickly picking up steam across the country, the Washington Post reports. Walk-in retail clinics only date back about 14 years, according to the article, but after slow growth, management consulting firm Accenture predicts retail clinic numbers […]

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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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Deceptive communications threaten patient treatment

By MARCY ZWELLING-AAMOT Some California pharmacy benefit managers may be intentionally misleading doctors and making it more difficult for doctors do their jobs. As is often the case when health plans and benefit managers insert themselves into the physician-patient relationship, patients could ultimately pay the price. Pharmacy benefit managers have sent misleading letters to California […]

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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 Hopes to Expand With Google

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) April 02, 2014 MedLion Management, Inc., a national leader in the movement to improve Direct Primary Care, announced today that it will be using  Helpouts by Google to offer telelmedicine services to its patients. “MedLion was chosen because of its multi-state presence and its stellar reputation in the rapidly emerging industry […]

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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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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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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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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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