Tag Archives: ACA

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Concierge Medicine No Longer Just For The Rich

By Kara Byers  ATLANTA (CBS46)  How much is a doctor’s visit worth to you? With a growing shortage of primary care physicians across the country and the phasing in of the Affordable Care Act, an appointment with your doctor is becoming a hot commodity. But Dallas Rhodes got right in for his annual physical at PartnerMD, […]

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Doctors Become Reluctant Employees As Many Are Forced Out of Private Practice

By The Medicus Firm DALLAS, Feb. 21, 2014 — /PRNewswire/ — As consolidation in healthcare continues, and more mergers and acquisitions occur, many physicians are becoming employees and less interested in private practice ownership. How do physicians feel about the transition from practicing as an owner or partner of a practice, to practicing as an employee? The […]

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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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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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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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New Study: Nearly 70 Percent of America Lacks Faith in Traditional Healthcare

Nearly 70 Percent of Americans Lack Faith in Traditional Primary Care Model, PartnerMD Survey Finds Limited Access to Doctors, Uncertainty Over Health Reform Fuel Rise in Concierge Medicine Alternative RICHMOND, Va. – Americans are deeply skeptical that the predominant system for the delivery of health care in the United States—through the traditional primary-care physician model—will remain viable […]

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Study: Average Wait for Doctor’s Appointment in Cities Was 18.5 Days

New patients in 15 U.S. metropolitan cities in 2013 had to wait an average of 18.5 days to see a doctor, compared with 20.4 days in 2009, the year before the Affordable Care Act was enacted, according to a new Merritt Hawkins study, Kaiser Health News/Washington Post‘s “Wonkblog” reports. Study Details For the study, researchers contacted between […]

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Are We About To Face A Severe Doctor Shortage?

By John C. Goodman, National Center For Policy Analysis, December 11, 2013 “No, there won’t be a doctor shortage,” wrote Zeke Emanuel and Scott Gottlieb in The New York Times the other day. ObamaCare will weather that challenge just fine. How? Nurses and other paramedic personnel can substitute for physicians and new technology is making […]

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