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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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Do We Really Have A Physician Shortage?

By Greg Scandlen Filed under Health Alerts on February 3, 2014 A little while ago Scott Gottleib and Zeke Emmanuel co-authored an op-ed in The New York Times pooh-poohing the concern about physician shortages. So certain are they that conventional wisdom is wrong that the piece is headlined, “No, There Won’t be a Doctor Shortage.” Right, and “if you like your health plan, […]

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Doctor, Nurse Vacancies Soar Amid Obamacare Rollout

Doctor and nurse vacancies are approaching nearly 20 percent at hospitals as these facilities prepare to be inundated by millions of patients who have the ability to pay for medical care thanks to the Affordable Care Act. A survey by health care provider staffing firm AMN Healthcare shows the vacancy rate for physicians at hospitals near 18 percent in […]

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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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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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Nation’s First Health Insurance Plan for Direct Primary Care

Qliance and Physician Care Direct Introduce Nation’s First Health Insurance Plan for Direct Primary Care SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwired – Sep 23, 2013) – Qliance Medical Management Inc. and Physician Care Direct (PCD) today announced the nation’s first health insurance plan for Direct Primary Care, an increasingly popular model of flat-fee medical care. The unique offering wraps […]

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Get Ready For Obamacare

What Does Obamacare Mean For You? The Kaiser Family Foundation released a quick entertaining video on Getting Ready For Obamacare. It answers some of the popular questions on the implementation and what it means for patients and employers.

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ACA Will Test Consumers’s Loyalty To Their Doctors- Will Concierge Medicine Catch Their Eyes?

Over one-third may switch doctors—if the price is right SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 25, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new HealthPocket consumer survey found that 34 percent of respondents are motivated to reduce their health plan costs versus keep their doctor. When survey takers were asked, “If changing from your doctor to another doctor could save […]

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Physician Practice Satisfaction: Why We Should Care

Francis J. Crosson and Lawrence Casalino on Health Affairs Blog, May 9th, 2013 In less than nine months millions of Americans will receive new health care coverage through provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Most observers believe that strong physician leadership can help heath care reform succeed, through the optimization of care quality and cost management. […]

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Will ACA Be a Boon for Concierge Medicine?

By JENNIFER LUBELL amednews —April 15, 2013 Proponents of the model say rising patient demand will prompt more consumers to seek personalized care, but some conflicts with health reform rules might arise. Mark Niedfeldt, MD, a family physician who practices concierge medicine in a Milwaukee suburb, is fairly certain he’ll gain new patients when the […]

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Interview: How Can Doctors Offer Direct Primary Care- Concierge Medicine for Employers with MedLion CEO

By Mary Pat Whaley, FACMPE, CPE, http://www.managemypractice.com, April 4, 2013 Staying with the theme of practice models (Direct Primary Care-Concierge Medicine) for independent physicians, here’s an interview with Samir Qamar, MD of MedLion. Mary Pat: You are the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MedLion, as well as a practicing Family Physician. Tell us your […]

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Pay Flat Fees to Doctors with Direct Primary Care- Concierge Medicine

For a set price, patients receive a full range of medical services. By Christopher J. Gearon, From Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, March 2013 Ever need to wait a week or more to see your primary care doctor? Perhaps you should follow the lead of Debra Sallee, 58, a Seattle hair salon owner. For a flat fee of $79 […]

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The dirtiest secret in the U.S. health care – Concierge Medicine?

At Concierge Medicine Journal we strive to present all the information and opinions relevant to concierge medicine. The following opinion is one such article, that we do not agree with however Dana Blakenhorn does present some interesting interpretations of the health care market. Doctors are not the reason health care costs keep going up.–CMJ NEW YORK (TheStreet) […]

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What’s Ahead for the Affordable Care Act in 2013?

By Lisa Zamosky, WebMD Health News, April 3, 2013 Health Care Reform: A Guide to Health Insurance & Affordable Care Act This month marks the third anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becoming law. Consumers have gained access to many new benefits under the law since it was passed in 2010. They include free […]

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Why Uninsured Might Not Flock To Health Law’s Marketplaces: Will Concierge Medicine be an Alternative?

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News in collaboration with The Washington Post, March 31, 2013 Why Uninsured Might Not Flock To Health Law’s Marketplaces: Will Concierge Medicine be an Alternative?, WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – With almost one in five of its residents lacking health insurance, officials in Palm Beach County thought they had hit on […]

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Fed Up With Obamacare, Doctors Increasingly Prefer Cash For Care

Excellent contemporary overview on direct pay care and concierge medicine today from Sally Pipes the President of the Pacific Research Institute. SALLY PIPES, FORBES, April 1, 2013 Obamacare’s most intrusive changes to the healthcare marketplace — including the individual mandate whereby Americans must secure health insurance or pay a fine and its massive expansion of Medicaid […]

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The Starbucks Syndrome in Healthcare – Concierge Medicine Los Angeles

Angelenos want their CT scans just as they want their low-fat caramel macchiatos By Daniel J. Stone,March 31, 2013 Los Angles Times “In Scotland, death is considered imminent; in Canada, it’s considered inevitable. In California, death is considered optional.” Ian Morrison, a Scottish-born futurist and healthcare consultant, was joking when he said those words. But […]

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Concierge Medicine – Direct Primary Care: Trickle-Up Economics

Concierge Medicine – Direct Primary Care: Trickle-Up Economics March 12, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD | PhysBizTech It’s been a month since I started my new practice. We are up to nearly 150 patients now, and aside from the cost to renovate my building, our revenue has already surpassed our spending. The reason this is possible […]

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The Problem With Patients In Controlling Health Care Costs

Carolyn McClanahan, Contributor, Forbes, March 26, 2013 We all know health care costs are a serious problem and most of us feel powerless to do anything about it. In this country, there is a perception that more health care means better health, and this is simply not the case. A recent article in Health Affairs […]

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