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What is Direct Primary Care? A Student Doctor Shares His View...

Fed up of its unreliability and low payout, many physicians are switching from Medicare to concierge medicine or direct primary care. Although still a first year medical student, StudentDoctor Thompson has made an impressive review of Direct Primary Care which he shared in this YouTube video. He made the annotation below to introduce the video:   Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXBUZ9yFu6w If you are new to the direct primary care model, watch the video below to understand why more and more physicians and patients are choosing individualized healthcare over “mass medicine”. Due to Congress and the government’s healthcare reform, physicians who own their own practice will find it very difficult to stay in private practice. Their only recourse is to choose...

What is Direct Primary Care? A Student Doctor Shares His View
posted on: Jun 27, 2013 | author: Bob Schumacher

More Doctors Move Away From Medicare to Direct Primary Care...

Direct primary care or concierge medicine is attracting more doctors who have had enough of the paperwork, low payout, and pressures of Medicare. In his article entitled 1 in 10 Doctor Practices Flee Medicare To Concierge Medicine, Forbes.com’s healthcare specialist Bruce Japsen writes:   Read the Full Article As the federal government gets more involved in mass medicine, a growing number of doctors got fed up with the red tape, overhead, low payment, and the limited number of patients that they can see which prevents them from earning a sustainable income.   Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2013/01/30/1-in-10-doctor-practices-flee-medicare-to-concierge-medicine/ This move from mass healthcare to individualized medicine will enable physicians who own their practice to receive payment directly from their patients, without the...

More Doctors Move Away From Medicare to Direct Primary Care
posted on: Jun 27, 2013 | author: Bob Schumacher

Cost-Saving Health Care Benefits Options for Small Businesses...

With the high cost of health insurance, small businesses who want to offer health benefits to their workers are often saddled with paying higher premiums than the big businesses. However, there are several cost-saving options that small businesses can use and still stay afloat.   Clipped from: www.businessfinancestore.com   In an article written for BusinessFinanceStore.com, author Clay Wyatt enumerates the various ways small businessmen can offer health benefits without going bankrupt. Among the options are using tax credits, joining health insurance pools, and offering high-deductible plans and HSA’s. One of the best options is the offering of Direct Primary Care to the workers. Direct primary care (DPC) is a relatively new way to pay for medical expenses. It...

Cost-Saving Health Care Benefits Options for Small Businesses
posted on: Aug 7, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

In-Store Clinics Eyed as Solution for Primary Care Doctor Shortage...

As the country faces a severe shortage of primary care physicians, as much as 40,000 by the year 2020, the 30,000,000 people who would benefit from the Affordable Care Act will have to get their checkups at Wal-Mart or the local pharmacy to relieve the strain on the overburdened primary care network. In his article for the Los Angeles Times, author Chad Terhune wrote that in-store clinics will get more attention as consumers experience longer wait times at the doctor’s office when the Affordable Care Act becomes federal law in 2014.   Clipped from: www.latimes.com   Pharmacy giant CVS Caremark Corp., Target Corp. and other retailers are aiming to help alleviate the doctor shortage with hundreds of walk-in...

In-Store Clinics Eyed as Solution for Primary Care Doctor Shortage
posted on: Jul 31, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher
Can Non-Insurance Direct Primary Healthcare Networks Work?

Can Non-Insurance Direct Primary Healthcare Networks Work?...

posted on: Jul 23, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

Several healthcare providers which follow the direct primary care model are doing away with traditional health insurance plans. Because they aim to provide affordable primary care to as many people as possible, these healthcare providers charge their patients an unbelievingly low fixed monthly fee for unlimited office visits with DPC physicians. In an article  written for TIME Healthland, author Anita Hamilton writes about today’s leading health care services and how they made it easy and affordable for patients to access primary healthcare.   Clipped from: healthland.time.com   The specific terms and fees vary by service. For instance, Qliance charges each of its 4,000 patients $49 to $89 per month, depending on age. Some providers require year-long contracts, while others let members cancel at any time. What they all share is a monthly fee of no more than $89, no need for patients to have health insurance, and no limits...

Why Doctors Should Consider Switching to Direct Primary Care Models

Why Doctors Should Consider Switching to Direct Primary Care Models...

posted on: Jul 19, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

So much has been written about how direct primary care has confronted many challenges with a large number of primary care doctors saying they’re set to leave medical practice if they could. Doctors who are willing to move to a DPC model will find a lot of benefits that will make the switch worthy of consideration. Doctors will have more time with their patients and spend less time in insurance payment hassle. Malpractice premiums will be reduced by 50% and doctors will have more take home pay.   Clipped from: www.kevinmd.com (share this clip)   In his interesting article written for KevinMD.com, Avado CEO and author David Chase wrote: I predict in under two years that the primary care physician who doesn’t have at least 10% of their patients paying this way will be the exception to the rule. The economics and results are simply too compelling to ignore....

How 2 Hardly Noticed Provisions of Obamacare Can Have Serious Effect on Health Insurers

How 2 Hardly Noticed Provisions of Obamacare Can Have Serious Effect on Health Insurers...

posted on: Jul 19, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

Author and health care consultant David Chase, in an article written for KevinMD.com, wrote that there are two underplayed components of Obamacare that offer incredible cost savings and can give a black eye to health insurers.     Two portions of the Health legislation have received little attention yet will have a huge effect on bending the cost curve: 1. Medical Loss Ratio (MLR); 2. Direct Primary Care (aka “Medical Homes”). MLR requires that insurance companies spend at least 80 to 85 percent of their collected premiums on medical services, while the Direct Primary Care provision will offer an affordable alternative that by-passes insurance companies altogether. Taken together, these two provisions could have a long term effect that is likely to be devastating to traditional health insurance companies. From www.kevinmd.com Clipped from: www.kevinmd.com (share this clip)   Under direct primary care, patients are allowed to access a set of...

Health Insurers Worried Over Direct Primary Care Model

Health Insurers Worried Over Direct Primary Care Model...

posted on: Jul 17, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

Before there was direct primary care, “concierge” or VIP medicine catered only to the wealthy sector of society, creating a more distinguished level of health care for those who can pay the price. Today, however, many health care providers all over the country are starting to adopt a new version of concierge medicine but this time no longer just for those who can afford. An article posted by Ibanga Umanah on JUMP  cites Qliance as “… a model of primary care that cuts the insurance company out in an effort to simplify the entire health care process.”   Clipped from: www.jumpassociates.com (share this clip)   Below is an excerpt from the article : The thing is, Qliance’s is not health insurance. It’s a new payment model. In a recent New York Times article Qliance is referred to as direct primary care. It’s an approach insurance companies are deeply worried...

CalPERS Looks at Junking Its Healthcare Plans

CalPERS Looks at Junking Its Healthcare Plans

posted on: Jul 11, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

With its $7-billion annual medical bill going up by nearly 10% next year, The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) looks at junking healthcare plans. With CalPERS being the third largest purchaser of health insurance in the country, California’s big insurers aren’t too happy about it. In an article written for Forbes.com, author Dave Chase quoted a news excerpt from LATimes.com. “The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is preparing to rebid its health insurance business this fall for 1.3 million members, and two of its current plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, are likely to face intense competition as the giant pension fund considers its options. Perhaps the boldest move under consideration for 2014 would be to bypass insurers altogether in some areas of the state and begin contracting for medical services directly with large physician groups.” The Need for a Better Healthcare Version? Other healthcare...

Direct Primary Care Can Lower Health Care Costs by 40% or More

Direct Primary Care Can Lower Health Care Costs by 40% or More...

posted on: Jul 4, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

One of two provisions of Obamacare that goes hardly noticed deals with Direct Primary Care Medical Homes or DPC. This provision can have a long-term effect that can wreak heavy damage to the traditional health insurance business and, at the same time, create new opportunities for health care providers in the country. In an article written by Dave Chase for Forbes.com entitled Health Insurance’s $4.4 Billion Bunker Buster – Part I, he mentions that Obamacare allows the Direct Primary Care model to compete with state-based insurance exchanges. Dave Chase is the CEO of Avado.com and former Accenture Senior Consultant before establishing Microsoft’s Health platform business. Dave Chase writes: “The second is allowing flat-fee primary care practices, also referred to as Direct Primary Care Medical Homes (DPC for short), to compete within the state-based insurance exchanges. The DPC models have a membership model that isn’t insurance-based and so they avoid...

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