Tag Archives: direct primary care

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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Direct Primary Care Goes to Washington

Posted by Jessica Socheski A senator and a state representative from Idaho recently proposed legislation in Washington to allow direct primary healthcare to serve as an acceptable alternative to Obamacare’s government insurance. As this private form of care continues to grow, here are some answers about how it works and why it is being used […]

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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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Obamacare Leading Doctors to Look at Alternative Medicine

PANAMA CITY BEACH As millions of Americans face growing uncertainty about their healthcare plans, many finding alternatives. The idea of concierge medicine It was introduced a few years ago in larger cities like Atlanta, where it is growing in numbers.Now one local clinic is trying a similar approach to provide unlimited primary care for a flat […]

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Hayden Doctor, Patients Say Flat-Fee Service Is Healthier Alternative

Scott Maben The Spokesman-Review He doesn’t ride a horse or carry a leather satchel with a stethoscope and forceps. But patients describe Dr. Rich Samuel as a throwback to a simpler time in medicine. He gets them in quickly for appointments, offers leisurely visits and even answers their calls at night and on weekends. “We’re trying to go back […]

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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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House Call With Dr. Andy: Exactly what are benefits of concierge medicine?

Written by Andy Oakes-Lottridge As my patients can tell you, I’ve recently been happy to announce my transition into group practice with two wonderful doctors here in Fort Myers. This has led to lots of questions from my current patients. Can it still be concierge medicine if I’m asking patients to come see me in […]

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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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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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Concierge Medicine Growing Trend

By Skyler Swisher ORMOND BEACH As paperwork requirements mounted, John F. Cullen Jr. found it increasingly more difficult to devote ample time to his roughly 2,000 patients. The Ormond Beach primary care doctor contemplated retirement because changes in health care made it harder for him to remain an independent doctor. Then he heard about a service […]

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Concierge Medicine Conference Heads To Mardi Gras

AAPP Hosts 2014 Spring Summit On Private Medicine With Keynote Speaker Brian Forrest, M.D. The American Academy of Private Physicians is hosting its 2014 Spring Summit on Concierge / Direct Primary Care Medicine in New Orleans on February 21-22nd RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Would you like to have a direct payment relationship […]

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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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Cut-Rate Concierge Medicine? One Medical Resorts To Discounting

January 30, 2014 7:48 am by David E. Williams I have mixed views about concierge medicine. On the one hand I like the idea of higher service levels for patients and the ability for doctors to practice medicine the way they think is right without feeling like hamsters on a wheel. But overall I’m pretty skeptical. I’m […]

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FORBES: Health Insurance Companies See ObamaCare Medicaid Boon

As the Obama administration touts the need for uninsured Americans to sign up for private coverage via exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, the insurance industry sees growth in an expanded Medicaid program for the poor under the health law. This week, the chief executive of the nation’s largest health insurance company and a new analysis indicate major […]

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Some Doctors Practice ‘Boutique’ Medicine

Dr. Gary Levinson has practiced internal and sleep medicine in the San Diego area for years, but he practices in an unusual way. Some of his patients have his cellphone number and the number for a separate phone line into the office. They are also promised same or next-day appointments. And in the office, he’s […]

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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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