Tag Archives: health care

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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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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Doctors Stressed By Too Many Patients Turn To Concierge Medical Care

January 2, 2014|By Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel Five years ago, Dr. Ivan Castro of Winter Park was miserable with the way medicine was going. “I was constantly running behind to see the next patient and had to focus more on paperwork than on patient care,” recalls Castro, 52. That year, Castro changed his practice to the […]

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3 Reasons Why Americans are Turning to Concierge Medicine in 2014

What is concierge medicine and who is using it these services? Over the past decade, the trend in Primary Care Specialties has been for physicians to see an increasingly large panel of patients. This is due, in part, to decreasing reimbursements from Medicare and private insurance companies for primary care services. In many cases, physicians […]

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Is Concierge Medicine A Smart Choice for Doctors?

Rachida Essadiq for NTC Healthcare The Concierge Medicine Solution Examined Business savvy physicians making the switch to concierge medicine are changing the face of healthcare- one subscription at a time. The concept behind concierge medicine is simple: patients pay a monthly “subscription” fee to a physician, sometimes with a small “per visit” fee for access […]

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A Place for Concierge Medicine in Workers’ Comp?

By: Rising Medical Solutions veryone seems to be talking about big data, analytics and how to leverage them toward better claims performance, including medical outcomes. But does better information alone drive optimal outcomes? Most likely, the answer is no. Experienced claims professionals understand that the complexity and cost of managing a portfolio of medical cases preclude […]

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Physician Entrepreneurs Are Reinventing Themselves

Jacqueline Fellows A flourishing community of support is emerging for entrepreneurial physicians who believe they may have the next great idea for healthcare. As more physicians leave private practice to join hospitals and health systems as part of the employed workforce, some in the industry are raising questions about the disappearing identity of physician entrepreneurs If the […]

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The Doctor’s Team Will See You Now

A visit to the doctor may mean seeing someone else instead. An increasing number of practices are scrapping the traditional one-on-one doctor-patient relationship. Instead, patients are receiving care from a group of health professionals who divide up responsibilities that once would have largely been handled by the doctor in charge. While the supervising doctor still […]

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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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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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Pay doctors like you do Netflix. The rise of doctor by subscription

January 2, 2014 11:42 pm by Marni Jameson Five years ago, Dr. Ivan Castro of Winter Park was miserable with the way medicine was going. “I was constantly running behind to see the next patient and had to focus more on paperwork than on patient care,” recalls Castro, 52. That year, Castro changed his practice to the […]

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Direct Primary Care (DPC): “Concierge Medicine for the Masses”

THOMAS FINN – February 11, 2014 11:14 AM If you’re not yet fully familiar with the concept of Direct Primary Care (DPC), don’t worry about it. It’s coming soon to a theater near you. DPC is an umbrella term used to describe primary health care delivery models that are based on direct financial relationships between patients […]

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Health Pro: Family Practitioner Narrows Focus On Fewer Patients

Dr. Gregory Kirk of Merritt Island is trying a new idea using an annual membership fee for office visits to his family practice rather than submitting to medical insurance. The “concierge medicine” model in place since last October charges each patient $750 to $1,500 each year for all doctor visits and office-related expenses like blood […]

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What to Charge at a Direct-pay Practice

By Robert Lamberts, MD While the decision to change to a direct-pay practice can be the most difficult one a physician can make, there is a second decision that is nearly as difficult: How to charge for services. This decision not only affects the bottom line of the practice, but can greatly affect the type of […]

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How A Boutique Fox News Doctor Cured My Dad’s Cancer

Bradley Scott Sitting back in a chair at my office, helping my father during his 2014 tax season, while cutting and pasting pictures from my Fall 2014 fashion catalog photoshoot, I find myself reflecting on a life of wonderful things, along with some really scary medical crises. Like many others, we’ve had no shortage of […]

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Former Lawmakers Form Alliance To Advance Telehealth

On Wednesday, a trio of former lawmakers announced a new lobbying group that aims to advance telehealth by eliminating legal and regulatory barriers to technology-based approaches to medical care delivery, Modern Healthcare reports (Demko, Modern Healthcare, 2/12). About the Group The Alliance for Connected Care is being led by former Sens. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Breaux […]

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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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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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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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