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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?...

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...

Can Non-Insurance Direct Primary Healthcare Networks Work?
posted on: Jul 23, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

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

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...

Why Doctors Should Consider Switching to Direct Primary Care Models
posted on: Jul 19, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

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

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...

How 2 Hardly Noticed Provisions of Obamacare Can Have Serious Effect on Health Insurers
posted on: Jul 19, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

Health Insurers Worried Over Direct Primary Care Model...

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...

Health Insurers Worried Over Direct Primary Care Model
posted on: Jul 17, 2012 | author: Bob Schumacher

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