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Maine doctors ditch insurance, offer monthly subscriptions for primary care

By Jackie Farwell, BDN Staff SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Roxanne Pettigrow has no health insurance. But the Gorham woman visits her doctor in South Portland every few weeks, paying $50 up front, once per month for regular checkups, office visits and preventive health screenings — care those lacking health coverage often skip. With her $600 annual […]

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Doctors Shun Insurance, Offering Care for Cash

By ALEXA URA LAREDO, Tex. — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is packed with patients who pay a flat $50 fee for the convenience — or necessity — of a walk-in, quick-turn doctor’s visit. Efforts at both the state and federal level are underway to decrease […]

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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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Disrupting the Traditional Primary Care Business Model- Direct Primary Care

Ben Wanamaker It is exciting to see numerous new primary care delivery business models bursting onto the scene, including concierge medicine, retail clinics, mobile health vans, and direct primary care. While each model has its own merits, direct primary care has some really unique disruptive potential that we’d like to highlight. Direct Primary Care Defined […]

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Deceptive communications threaten patient treatment

By MARCY ZWELLING-AAMOT Some California pharmacy benefit managers may be intentionally misleading doctors and making it more difficult for doctors do their jobs. As is often the case when health plans and benefit managers insert themselves into the physician-patient relationship, patients could ultimately pay the price. Pharmacy benefit managers have sent misleading letters to California […]

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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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Debunking Concierge Medicine Myths, Available To Just About Everybody

By Valerie Bauman When Devin Bruckner selected a pediatrician for her 6-year-old son, she wasn’t just thinking about what was best for him – she found an option that would be good for her community too. Bruckner took her son to the recently opened HopeCentral nonprofit health center in Southeast Seattle’s Rainier Valley. The new […]

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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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Senators Seek Information on FDA’s Mobile Health App Plans

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of six senators sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking for clarification on the agency’s regulations for mobile health applications, The Hill’s“Healthwatch” reports (Viebeck, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 3/19). Background In September 2013, FDA issued final guidance for mobile health applications. The guidance said FDA will focus oversight on apps that: Were developed […]

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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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More Signs Employer Health Exchanges Lower Costs

Another batch of companies that turned to a new concept of giving their workers money to buy health benefits via private online marketplaces known as exchanges are seeing lower health care costs. Employee benefits consultancy Mercer says companies that moved to its marketplace saved “an average of $800 per employee.” About one-third of that amount, […]

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‘Silent Exodus’ From Medicine Threatens Patient Access to Care, Study Says

October 16, 2012 11:30 am James Arvantes – The nation’s physicians are disengaging from the practice of medicine by working fewer hours and seeing fewer patients. This silent exodus from the medical profession, driven by changes in the practice environment, has reduced patient access to physician services.   That’s one of the key findings of […]

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McLean (VA) doctor says ‘concierge medicine’ is future of primary healthcare

In two weeks, McLean internist Dr. David J. Jones will be taking a giant occupational leap. “As of April 1, I will no longer be accepting medical insurance,” he said. “That’s it.” Jones is one of a growing number of doctors who are becoming increasingly frustrated with what they say is an inefficient primary care […]

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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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Tuscaloosa Embraces Concierge Medicine

Concierge Medicine Dr. Steve Lovelady talDr. Steve Lovelady talks with Justin Little at his office in Northport. Two primary care physicians in Tuscaloosa are shifting to concierge medicine, offering their services to a limited number of patients with an annual fee of around $1,600 a year for more attention and shorter wait times. But, that […]

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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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Disruption of the Healthcare Syndicate

By: G. Keith Smith, M.D My introduction to the practice of medicine began before I went to medical school. Dr. Don Garrett and Dr. Richard Allgood, both thoracic surgeons, allowed me to spend enough time with them to absorb countless lessons, many of which remain with me to this day. While both of these talented […]

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Do Not Blame Your Doctor For Going Concierge

Merrill Markoe’s reports that she was fired by her doctor in her article, ”My Doctor, the Concierge,” which was both sarcastically entertaining and painfully true. She writes a powerful commentary on the divide caused by insurance companies between doctors and patients. She is shocked at the rapidly growing trend of an access fee to see […]

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