Dr. Clint Flanagan April 15

Lessons in Greatness: One DPC Doctor’s Journey To Success

By Michael Tetreault, Editor April 17, 2014 Designing Our Practice, Nextera Healthcare in Firestone, CO According to North Vista Medical Center and Nextera Healthcare Co-Founders Drs. Clint Flanagan and David Tusek, “The DPC model was very attractive to us because, under this approach, we could sustain the value of the patient/provider relationship and create more […]

To make hotel reservations call 800-325-3535 and reference 'Direct Primary Care Summit 2014' to receive the preferred group rate of $124 per night. This must be completed by Friday, May 30, 2014 to receive the group rate. April 08

Second National Gathering Focused On Direct Primary Care (DPC) To Be Held In Nations Capital: June 20-21, 2014

APRIL 9, 2014 (ARLINGTON, VA) – The Direct Primary Care Journal (DPCJ) released the dates and location of the second Direct Primary Care Conference hosted by the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC). On June 20th – 21st, 2014, The FMEC will host its second national gathering of physicians, payers, investors, policymakers and others near the […]

HealthCareCosts April 15

Op/Ed: “The End of Health Insurance as We Know It?”

The End of Health Insurance as We Know It? Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff MAY 15, 2013 – Up to one-third of independently practicing physicians in the US may soon stop using health insurance as we have come to think of it. Kaiser Health News reports on attempts by health care practices to change how they do […]

At his office in Laredo, Tex., Dr. Gustavo Villarreal treated Sebastian Acosta on Wednesday. His practice, which follows a “direct primary care” model, does not accept insurance, but rather charges a flat $50 fee for most visits. Credit Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune April 15

NY TIMES, TEXAS: Dr. Clare Hawkins, president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. “Direct primary care goes in the other direction.”

Doctors Shun Insurance, Offering Care for Cash By ALEXA URA APRIL 10, 2014 – LAREDO, Tex. — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is packed with patients who pay a flat $50 fee for the convenience — or necessity — of a walk-in, quick-turn doctor’s visit. Efforts […]

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A framework for evidence-based debate of contentious health issues

By Joseph Allencherril April 13, 2014 – With the rollout of Obamacare, we are living in a moment in which there is no dearth of heated debates among friends, family, and co-workers. And often times, these debates degrade to become emotion vs. emotion, or even ad hominem, and so these initially well-meaning conversations morph into […]

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Maine doctors ditch insurance, offer monthly subscriptions for primary care

By Jackie Farwell, BDN Staff APRIL 15, 2014 - SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Roxanne Pettigrow has no health insurance. But the Gorham woman visits her doctor in South Portland every few weeks, paying $50 up front, once per month for regular checkups, office visits and preventive health screenings — care those lacking health coverage often skip. […]

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TECHNOLOGY: Doctor On Demand, a free-to-download/subscription-fee-free app that enables you to video chat with a doctor for $40. Doctors are able to diagnose, treat and prescribe certain medications. Right now, the app is available in 30 states.

Doctor On Demand Need the services of a doctor, but don’t have time to actually see one in person? Enter Doctor On Demand, a free-to-download/subscription-fee-free app that enables you to video chat with a doctor for $40. Doctors are able to diagnose, treat and prescribe certain medications. Right now, the app is available in 30 […]

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Docs’ Medicare Pay Totals Now Public

By David Pittman, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today WASHINGTON — APRIL 9, 2014 – For the first time, totals of what Medicare pays individual healthcare providers is now freely available to download and browse on a government website. Patients, other healthcare providers, journalists, and anybody else willing to sift through an Excel spreadsheet nearly 900,000 rows […]

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2nd Year Med. Student … “DPC is my choice.”

By Brian Gans, Second year medical student at Penn State Hershey APRIL 13, 2014 – When the global financial system collapsed in 2007-2008, a lot of people were completely shocked. However, there were prominent economists who predicted that the housing bubble was going to burst. The same thing is about to happen with healthcare – […]

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Op/Ed: DPC … ‘an organization’s customer is the person or entity who pays. Any other user of a product or service is a mere consumer.’

Alex Tolbert: The new way to see your doctor MARCH 27, 2014 – Historically, visiting your medical provider meant a lot of waiting followed by an extremely brief interaction with the doctor before they scurried out the door. And it was often only then that you realized you had one more question! Later you would […]

Chad Krisel, M.D., is a family physician in Asheville, NC.  He is co-owner of Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville. April 10

Family Doc Proves Nay-sayers Wrong, Opens Unconventional Practice

When he told friends and family he wanted to be a family doc, they told him he was crazy. So he proved them wrong and set up a practice that defied all the stereotypes. By Chad Krisel, M.D. APRIL 7, 2014 – I went to medical school in order to become a family doctor. My […]

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New EU rules on clinical trial transparency are “an excellent small step forward,” says AllTrial’s Ben Goldacre, MD.

April 2, 2014  (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers voted on Wednesday in favour of new rules that will ensure more open reporting of clinical trials results, even when they are negative, and also simplify the process for getting studies started. The legislation approved by the European Parliament is expected to take effect in 2016 and […]

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‘Canadians can be medical tourists, too, leaving medicare behind for sunnier climes when they just can’t wait or find a cure at home.’

Originally posted on Concierge Medicine Canada:
By Martin Regg Cohn APRIL 8, 2014 – We wouldn’t be quintessentially (or existentially) Canadian if we didn’t worry ourselves sick about medicare. It’s in our DNA to fuss and fear for the social program that defines our egalitarian identity. It keeps our blood boiling in the winter chill.…

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AAPS Conference: May 9, 2014 — Minneapolis, MN — “DPC & Building a Healthy, Independent Practice”

APRIL 8, 2014 – The Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance (MPPA) is,  with the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), co-spnsoring an important conference about the option of Direct Pay medical practice,”Thrive, Not Just Survive.” Any physician considering going to Direct Pay or wants to learn from colleagues who are doing Direct Pay now is encouraged […]

Dr. Chris Jones looks over Devin Bruckner's son, giving him his checkup at HopeCentral pediatric and behavioral health clinic in Southeast Seattle.
Business Journal | Stanton Stephens April 08

SEATTLE, WA. — Pediatric DPC Practice, HOPECENTRAL … “’Direct pay’ and ‘subscription’ get at that idea without, hopefully, having that exclusive connotation.”

HopeCentral: Offering high-end concierge health care for just about everybody By Valerie Bauman, Staff Writer- Puget Sound Business Journal Apr 3, 2014 – When Devin Bruckner selected a pediatrician for her 6-year-old son, she wasn’t just thinking about what was best for him – she found an option that would be good for her community […]

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FORBES: ‘WeCare Clinics, Iora Health, Qliance Medical Management, MDVIP, and OneMedical have all reported reductions in total healthcare costs for their patients of 15% or more versus population norms*.’

By Todd Hixon, Contributor APRIL 4, 2014 – Many proposals for improving cost/effectiveness of U.S. medicine are contending for resources and attention. These proposals span personalized medicine, big-data technology to find patterns and coordinate care, tightly-managed accountable healthcare systems, and marketplace incentives. Listening to a panel prepare for a conference this week brought that home to […]


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