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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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Why benefit advisers should consider direct primary care for clients

Direct primary care is an innovative alternative payment model for primary health care being embraced by patients, physicians, employers, payers and policymakers across the United States. DPC doctors typically charge a monthly subscription fee. However, they don’t bill insurance or even accept insurance payments. The patient and doctor both win in DPC because the physician […]

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Let’s change the mediocre status quo of health care

On a daily basis, I am introduced to new people from all walks of life. Some sit on the board of directors, some are CEOs, some are presidents, some are middle managers and other administrators, some are investors, others are entrepreneurs, and some are physicians, nurses, case managers and even patients. I listen to people […]

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Do we really have a choice in health care?

As every physician practicing today knows, health care is in a constant state of flux. The latest news from Washington creates even more uncertainty. What we do know is that, for the foreseeable future, there will be an emphasis on team care, coordination, technology and, of course, meeting the requirements of the ever-expanding alphabet soup […]

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Fueled By Health Law, ‘Concierge Medicine’ Reaches New Markets

A growing number of primary care doctors, spurred by the federal health law and frustrations with insurance requirements, are bringing a service that generally has been considered “health care for billionaires” to middle-income, Medicaid and Medicare populations. It’s called direct primary care, modeled after “concierge” practices that have gained prominence in the past two decades. […]

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Readers Ask About Concierge Medicine And Medicare; Insulin Costs And The Doughnut Hole

This week, I answered three questions related to coverage in the Medicare program, the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older and some who are disabled. Q: I was recently advised by my primary care physician that he is transitioning to a “membership-based personalized health care program,” also known as concierge […]

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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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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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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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Congratulations to Our Members! Personalized Care Success Stories

At the end of each year we honor our Cooper Fitness Center Dallas members who strive to live according to the mission of personal wellness. We are thrilled to announce this year’s winners. All of our winners were nominated by fellow Cooper Fitness Center members as well as Cooper teammates. These individuals not only lead…

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Will concierge medicine see a boom under ObamaCare?

Fox News discusses whether or not Obamacare/Affordable Care Act will cause a surge in concierge medicine practices.

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Local Physicians Taking Wait-And-See Approach

by BRADLEY HARTSELL, Thursday, October 10, 2013 The Affordable Care Act, which opened for registration on Oct. 1, has a lot of people asking questions about what it means for the future of health care. Unfortunately, doctors are still asking many questions themselves. Wait and see is the sentiment expressed by everyone from physicians to office […]

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As Obamacare Looms, Insurers Look Beyond Fee-For-Service Medicine, Say Execs At Forbes Healthcare Summit 2013

Bruce Japsen, Contributor “I write about health care and policies from the president’s hometown” The nation’s largest health plans say they are rapidly moving toward transparency and away from paying doctors and hospitals on a fee-for-service basis, four insurance executives said this morning at Forbes Healthcare Summit 2013. UnitedHealth Group UNH +0.12%(UNH), Humana HUM +0.02% (HUM) and several Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

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Michigan Debates Primary Care

By Michigan state senator Patrick Colbert In March of 2014, Michigan will join 25 other states in the implementation of the Medicaid Expansion component of Obamacare. Supporters of this expansion maintain that it will expand coverage, save the state money, and address uncompensated care at hospitals which drives up insurance costs for everyone in our […]

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Nation’s First Health Insurance Plan for Direct Primary Care

Qliance and Physician Care Direct Introduce Nation’s First Health Insurance Plan for Direct Primary Care SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwired – Sep 23, 2013) – Qliance Medical Management Inc. and Physician Care Direct (PCD) today announced the nation’s first health insurance plan for Direct Primary Care, an increasingly popular model of flat-fee medical care. The unique offering wraps […]

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Whether You Call It “Direct Primary Care” or “Concierge Medicine,” Is It The Future?

Originally posted on The Healthcare Marketer:
For a while now I’ve been meaning to write a post about “Direct Primary Care” or “Concierge Medicine.” This is a trend that doesn’t get enough attention at a time when everyone is talking about creating sustainable models of care. Recently I received the nudge I needed to write…

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ACA Will Test Consumers’s Loyalty To Their Doctors- Will Concierge Medicine Catch Their Eyes?

Over one-third may switch doctors—if the price is right SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 25, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new HealthPocket consumer survey found that 34 percent of respondents are motivated to reduce their health plan costs versus keep their doctor. When survey takers were asked, “If changing from your doctor to another doctor could save […]

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