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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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A Simple Request To Congress From The Front Lines: Direct Primary Care

By Garrison Bliss for The Hill I know that there is going to be another scuffle over the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). I know that we have already paid $150 billion on “doc fixes” since 1997, and I know that everyone in healthcare is trying to make sure that their ox will not be gored. […]

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Can Digital Health Successfully Apply Lessons Of Molecular Biomarker Development To Create Useful Measures Of Phenotype (Phenomarkers)?

By David Shaywiz, Forbes Contributor, November 24, 2013 The appeal of personalized medicine is the opportunity to provide the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.  This approach reduces patient exposure to treatments unlikely to benefit them, achieving a two-fer of protecting patients while reducing costs. In addition, by targeting treatments to […]

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The Fourth Obamacare Shock Wave Is About To Reach Us

Obamacare is intensifying the doctor shortage – though not in ways that were anticipated. Everybody seems to have expected that Obamacare would sign up some 30 million people who don’t have health insurance, and they would overwhelm doctors’ offices.  But these people – especially the young and healthy whose sky-high Obamacare premiums were supposed to […]

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My Transition to a Direct-Pay Practice- Robert Lamberts MD- Georgia Style Concierge Medicine

Concierge Medicine and Direct-pay Practices are growing across the nation. My Transition to a Direct-pay Practice Pearl | April 03, 2013 | PhysiciansPractice.com By Robert Lamberts, MD If you ask a hundred physicians if they are happy with our current healthcare system, you’d be hard-pressed to get one to say “yes.” If those physicians were […]

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How to Beat the Doctor Shortage: Concierge Medicine

Big changes ahead for patients For years, Marcia Andrews visited the same internist in Washington, D.C. Then she turned 65, got her Medicare card and had to find a new doctor: Her internist was not accepting Medicare patients. Primary care doctors are in such demand now that they can choose not to accept Medicare, whose […]

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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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Majority of Americans Still Have No Idea What Obamacare Does

The Kaiser Family Foundation released the findings of a survey of the uninsured and insured Americans and what they know about the Affordable Care Act. The March poll finds that two-thirds of the uninsured and a majority of Americans overall say they have too little information to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect […]

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The Doctor Won’t See You Now. He’s Clocked Out

ObamaCare is pushing physicians into becoming hospital employees. The results aren’t encouraging. By SCOTT GOTTLIEB, Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2013 Big government likes big providers. That’s why ObamaCare is gradually making the local doctor-owned medical practice a relic. In the not too distant future, most physicians will be hourly wage earners, likely employed by […]

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Concierge Medicine For The Poorest

Forbes-Zina Moukheiber, Contributor, March 19, 2013 Concierge Medicine For The Poorest The number of doctors enrolled in Medicare last year has hardly changed since 2005, and participants have increased less than 5%. Doctors have recently averted a 27% cut in Medicare payments, but that will only last until the end of the year. There are […]

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Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Bitter Pill By Steven Brill TIME–March 4 ,2013 The most read healthcare article of early 2013. Please visit the site link below to explore the article. Concierge medicine, concierge doctors and direct pay business models will continue to develop in response to the growing dissatisfaction with health care  from all sides. Many patients have chosen to find a concierge […]

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Commission on Doctor Pay Urges Shift from Fee-For-Service Model

By Jessica Zigmond Modern Healthcare– March 4, 2013 Starting with the premise that physician salary and expenses account for 20% of healthcare spending but the decisions doctors make influence another 60% of that spending, the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform has released a dozen recommendations to ultimately change how physicians are paid by public […]

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Obamacare or Concierge Medicine? – Where Will You Buy Health Insurance And What Will It Cost

Forbes–Carolyn McClanahan, March 3, 2013 The Affordable Care Act has been the “law of the land” for almost three years. Time really flies. Despite the many resources available, most of the general population has no clue how “Obamacare” is supposed to work. With the insurance provisions finally kicking in January 1, 2014 and the realization […]

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Concierge Medicine: Personalized Health Care

By John Varga, M.D. Kentuckiana HealthWellness.com–March 2, 2013 Imagine a medical practice designed to not only take care of you when you’re ill but also to provide the ultimate in preventative medicine. One where your entire history (medical, surgical, dietary, exercise, alcohol, tobacco, stress, sexual, family/genetic) is reviewed in detail regardless of the time it […]

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Physician shortage likely to get worse

By Irwin Kellner PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (MarketWatch) — Is there a doctor in the house? Not much longer, the way things are going. Already in short supply, the number of practicing physicians is declining — and the new health-care law will only make things worse. The facts are that there are not enough doctors to […]

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Obamacare’s 73% Medicaid Pay Raise For Doctors Is Delayed

Forbes–Bruce Jaspen, Contributor March 15, 2013 A huge pay raise promised under the Affordable Care Act for primary care doctors who treat the nation’s poor covered by Medicaid health insurance is nearly three months behind schedule and may take another three months before it kicks in, state Medicaid directors say. Under the health law, a […]

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1 In 10 Doctor Practices Flee Medicare To Concierge Medicine

BRUCE JASPEN, Forbes, 1/30/2013 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 […]

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SCHIMPFF: Health care fix: Patients pay doctors

By Dr. Stephen C. Schimpff –Cutting out insurer middleman would revolutionize care There are distinct advantages for the patient who pays the primary care physician (PCP) directly: higher quality, lower cost and greater satisfaction. The fundamental problem in health care delivery today is a highly dysfunctional payment system that leads to higher costs, lesser quality […]

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