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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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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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Chambersburg Area Doctor Switching To Insurance-free Model

by Marcus Ranhut CHAMBERSBURG >> After being in practice for 25 years, Dr. Ken Rictor worries he spends more time taking care of his business than his patients. He said the current business model continues to put a strain on his family practice, which is why next month the practice will stop participating in insurance plans. […]

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How Obamacare Will Creatively Destroy Primary care

As Obamacare is winding its way through a hellish bureaucratic labyrinth of its own creation, accompanied by cheers and boos from the blood thirsty spectator crowds, confusion, fear, trepidation, despair and exhilaration, are gripping America’s doctors all at once, because whatever else is accomplished in the next decade, medicine will never be the same. At the confluence […]

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CVS Drives Retail Clinic Growth As Obamacare Launches

A new report on the retailhealth clinic market shows CVS/Caremark Corp. (CVS) clearly driving the growth of retail health clinics across the country as pharmacy and grocery store chains prepare to offer newly insured patients medical care in 2014. Retail health clinics are generally staffed by advanced degreed nurses known as nurse practitioners who treat routine maladies […]

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Renown Concierge Doctor Hosting Weekly Medical Talk Show On 1490 am WCBC

Third Era MD: Creating Your Health with Dr. Charles Whitney” Airs Every Monday at 9:00 AM Washington Crossing, PA – November 12, 2013 – Dr. Charles Whitney is now hosting a weekly medical talk show on WBCB 1490 AM, which serves the Philadelphia suburb of Bucks County. Dr. Whitney who is double board-certified in family medicine […]

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Can Direct Primary Care or Concierge Medicine Help Canada?

The struggle for finding a good healthcare and primary care system is one being experienced throughout the North American continent. While Canadians discuss possible changes to nationalized healthcare, the United States is struggling with the idea of adopting its Affordable Care Act. One potential solution which has not received much notoriety yet, is the steadily […]

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Patients, firms shop for better health care deals

Paul Freeman drove 600 miles last year to save himself _ and his employer _ thousands of dollars on his surgery. Freeman’s insurer covered his travel costs and the entire bill because a medical center in Oklahoma City could remove the loose cartilage in his knee for about 70 percent less than a hospital closer […]

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MedLion Praises AAPP For Supporting Direct Primary Care

MedLion Applauds American Academy of Family Physicians Support of Direct Primary Care In yet another boom to the desire for new practice models in this country’s long-suffering healthcare industry, America’s largest family medicine organization—the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)—announced recently its support of Direct Primary Care (DPC), a low-cost, high-quality formula that has shown […]

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A New Model For Primary Care: Direct Primary Care Medical Home

By Randy Robinson, M.D., and Mason Reiner, Physicians News Digest, May 28th 2013 “Dear, how much were the groceries?” An efficient, effective healthcare system is built upon an enduring relationship between patients and their primary care physician. CMS’s Comprehensive Patient Care Initiative (CPCI) rightly states that risk stratified care, access and continuity, planned care for […]

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Concierge Medicine: MD Opts Out And It’s Working- A Direct Primary Care Success Story

By Dave Chase CEO of Avado, on Forbes.com May, 23, 2013 Dr. Rob Lamberts is an entertaining and informative writer who has been chronicling his departure from a traditional practice where his time was increasingly spent with billing codes, rather than patients. In his latest installment, he describes how well it’s working. “It feels dangerous to write this, […]

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What is Direct Primary Care?

What is Direct Primary Care? I am a first year medical student. I have recently discovered what direct primary care is and I share with you what I know so far. It is the return of the classic family doctor. Here is an example of how a direct primary care physician might structure his or […]

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Iowa Health Clinic Opens State’s First Direct Pay – Concierge Medicine Program

Concierge medicine and Direct Pay Care continue to grow across the nation in front of the Affordable Care Act’s full implementation. BY Kaite Weidemann, for KCRG ABC 9, May 20th 2013 DUBUQUE – A Dubuque medical center has become the first Direct Pay clinic in Iowa. Some patients are calling it a “revolutionary” approach to […]

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Doctors Transform How They Practice Medicine With Concierge Care

By Ankita Rao published on KHN, Kaiser Health News, May 15th 2013 Dr. Thomas Bellavia transformed his traditional medical practice in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., into a so-called medical home where patients are seen by teams of doctors and nurses.  He says it has paid off in better, more coordinated care for his patients and healthier […]

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Family Physicians And Patients Embrace Direct Primary Care – Concierge Medicine

AAFP Recognizes Benefits, Creates DPC Policy By Sherri Porter for AAFP News Now on American Academy of Family Physicians, May 14th 2013. Around 10 a.m. one recent morning, Atlas MD, a family medicine practice in Wichita, Kan., fielded a call from a frantic parent whose 14-year-old son had just been bitten by a dog. As a direct […]

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Atlas MD Develops Software To Help Doctors Manage Concierge Medicine Practices

Josh Heck, Wichita Business Journal, May 15th 2013 Dr. Josh Umbehr takes an insurance-free approach to providing medical care. It’s a concept that works for his business, and now he wants to help other medical professionals duplicate it. Umbehr’s practice, Atlas MD, worked with Entermotion in Wichita to develop software that manages the business aspects […]

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Rise in Concierge Medicine Draws Scrutiny

Once again the concierge medicine community draws some questions about its reduced practice sizes and direct pay model. It is unfortunate that the failures of  the health care system as a whole are pinned on doctors and patients that leave the system. Concierge medicine is not for every patient nor every doctor. Patients need care today and […]

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