Tag Archives: direct pay doctor

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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Doctor’s New ‘Concierge Medicine’ Practice Allows For More Personalized Care

Written by Taya Flores When Mike Heide of Lafayette called his doctor for medical advice last year, he expected to leave a voicemail. “(But) he answered the phone,” said 54-year-old Heide. It was about two weeks before Christmas. His son-in-law, Ben Forth, developed a rash while in town visiting with Heide’s daughter, Krystin Forth. Heide wondered […]

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Dare To Start Making Decisions Based On Your Health, Not Your Financial Status

By Lisa Brody 02/04/2014 – Our lives are ruled by sets of transactions and the choices we make. When we want something to put on our feet, we can shop at Payless for passable black shoes. Or we can head on over to Neiman Marcus for a pair of Prada pumps or black loafers. In need […]

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Time to Move Beyond “Concierge Medicine”

[This post was first published on The Health Care Blog on 12/16/13.] What should we call it, when doctors decide to not accept with insurance and instead require patients to pay them directly for a healthcare service?We should call it what it is: direct-pay. As in, patients pay their provider directly.But most of the world, it seems, […]

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Doctors Flock To Concierge Practices

By Alex Nixon Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, 9:40 p.m. When one of Lisa Mehalick’s six children falls ill, she calls Dr. Scott Serbin’s cellphone, and he comes to her Pine home. As they did in the 1950s, some doctors today make house calls. Serbin is among an increasing number of physicians nationwide who are fed up with traditional […]

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Concierge Medicine Offers Personalized Care, Easy Doctor Access

Inova’s VIP 360 service delivers preventive, proactive medical care. Andrea Therrien, 33, wakes up to a triple-packed whammy of kisses and giggles — all before she thinks about a cup of coffee, diaper changes or the routine explanation of which shoe goes on which foot. This is Therrien’s life, as mom to three little girls […]

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Medical Students Should Get Excited About Direct Primary Care

BRIAN LANIER | PHYSICIAN | JANUARY 11, 2014 You’ve heard the story before: a young man or woman with idyllic dreams of practicing primary care goes off to medical school, only to have their dreams crushed by the realities of 7-minute visits, “production goals,” and unstable reimbursement — you’ve heard of the Medicare sustainable growth rate, or SGR, right?   […]

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Welcome to Zappos-Style Health Innovation

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s effort to revitalize downtown Las Vegas includes last month’s launch of a new clinic, run by Iora Health and spearheaded by physician Zubin Damania. Stanford-trained, Damania also happens to rap by the name of ZDoggMD. So it’s no wonder the project has drawn attention. But there’s another unusual aspect to this […]

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Family Practice Develops New Healthcare Model

SCOTLAND, Pa. – With the massive changes in the insurance industry, medical practices have found themselves losing patients and spending less one on one time to develop a strong relationship. Often, patients feel like just a number being rushed through appointments and that is because of complex insurance regulations. However, Scotland Family Medicine will be changing that through their […]

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Senate Committee Advances Measure To Allow Health Care Without Insurance

The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee has advanced legislation that seeks to codify in state statute the ability for doctors and patients to do business with each other directly without an insurance company functioning as a third party between the two. “This bill is patterned after legislation in the state of Utah,” explained Rep. […]

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Incorporating Concierge Medicine into My Cosmetic Surgery Practice

  Concierge medicine is a model of providing medical care in the office setting that has taken on many different meanings over time. The genesis of this new model developed after years of declining reimbursement, forcing doctors to see more patients for less time, just to cover overhead. To reverse the trend, some primary care […]

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Roanoke Co. Doctor’s Office Posts Prices For Cash-Paying Patients

You go to a store where there are no marked prices on the merchandise. You get what you want, or maybe just what you need. You agree to pay an amount that remains unknown. A month or two later, you get the bill. Crazy as it may seem, that is essentially the payment structure for […]

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Have Scalpel, Will Travel: Alberta Surgeons Operate Abroad To Bypass Wait Times

Patient pays $40,000 to get knee replacement in Turks and Caicos Retired nurse Marlene Driscoll spent the holiday season celebrating a different kind of gift: a brand new knee, delivered by her Calgary surgeon at a private hospital in the Caribbean. The December surgery came with a hefty price tag of about $40,000 for the […]

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Pioneer Concierge Doctor Speaks Out

What’s the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? That’s just the first of the 10 Questions the MedPage Today staff is asking leading clinicians and researchers to get their personal views on their chosen profession. In this series we share their uncensored responses. Here, answers from Thomas LaGrelius, MD, a family physician in Torrance, Calif. LaGrelius graduated from […]

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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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Patient Struggles To Justify Concierge Medicine Practices

New business models for doctors may make it harder for your family to get quality medical care By Jessica Santina This article was published on 11.28.13. I had a terrible case of insomnia. It was early October, and I had gone four nights without ever falling into a deep sleep. I was exhausted, terrified I would never […]

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For a fee, patients can enjoy care from a “concierge” doctor

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Going to a boutique concierge doctor means no wait times, day–of appointments and practically 24-7 access to a doctor. Dr. Rob Spiegel runs a boutique office in Birmingham. Spiegel says 15 years ago he started his medical career in a hospital but after about a decade he was ready for a […]

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Some doctors shifting to concierge practices

For 87-year-old Houstonian Loudene Shields, paying an extra $150 per month to her doctor is worth the price. Her doctor, Jonathan Shaffer, is shifting his traditional practice to a concierge medicine model, which guarantees patients more personal care and services in exchange for a monthly fee. Shaffer, one of three doctors at Sweetwater Medical Associates in Sugar Land, should […]

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Shift MD time to direct care

We always hear about the need to hire more healthcare practitioners for more patients to be seen, but no one ever talks about increasing patient exposure time among existing doctors, nurses and allied health workers. A recent time-motion study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine involved two leading medical centres and internal medicine […]

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Novant to open first concierge medicine practice in Charlotte

Jennifer ThomasStaff Writer-Charlotte Business Journal Novant Health Inc. will open its first concierge medicine practice in Charlotte on Nov. 18. That physician group, called Hallmark Care, will provide patients with increased access to primary care and enhanced services, including coordination of specialty care, more one-on-one time with their doctor and 24/7 access to the care team. […]

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