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Residents Should Be Excited About Direct Primary Care

By Phillip Eskew, DO, a second-year Family Medicine resident from the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Eskew expresses his thoughts on primary care and why residents should consider the DPC approach. APRIL 18, 2014 – From managing hypertension, controlling diabetes, performing joint injections, to diagnosing acromegaly or managing primary biliary […]

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 […]

marcy zwelling md April 18

Los Angeles: ‘Why some doctors are bypassing insurance and going cash-only.’

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News  4/14/14 – As an internist, Dr. Marcy Zwelling’s aim is to treat the sick and maintain the healthy. That’s why she got rid of the pain of health insurance. In 2004, Zwelling turned her practice into what’s called concierge medicine, sometimes known as direct care. For an annual $2,000 […]

direct primary care health insurance April 18

Why more health insurance isn’t necessarily better

Luis Collar, MD | Policy | April 14, 2014 Whenever a discussion of health care policy is initiated, the importance of health insurance, of extending coverage, takes center stage. The need for insurance quickly becomes an undeniable truth, a universal imperative. And no one ever seems to question this subtle premise before getting more patients […]

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The Good and Bad of Carrying Cash: Does It Really Pay?

By Dave Ramsey APRIl 17, 2014 – You’re about to charge another $1 iced tea to your credit card. That’s the third time this week. Wouldn’t it be simpler to carry cash, pay for your drinks in dollars and cents, and not have to worry about your tab a month from now? We think so. […]

texas April 17

TRENDING: TEXAS, More San Antonio Docs Going it Alone …

Sick of Obamacare, Insurance Red Tape, More San Antonio Docs Going it Alone By WOAI.com APRIL 14, 2014 – With the paperwork of medical insurance and the bizarre, politically driven inclusions, exclusions and mandates of Obamacare, more and more Texas doctors are opting out of insurance altogether and moving into the growing field called ‘Concierge […]

Startups April 16

Getting Publicity When You Aren’t the Next Billion-Dollar Company

BY Rebekah Iliff APRIL 15, 2014 – A company that lands itself directly in the media spotlight because of dumb luck or fortuitous timing is certainly something which can elicit jealously and mumblings of “that’s so unfair” from even the most confident of observers. But unless you are one of the big five — Google, […]

Cardiology_ April 16

POLICY, Reform — FORBES: ‘Why the future of health care can be found in the Cayman Islands’

Robert Pearl, MD | Policy | April 9, 2014 The Cayman Islands are nestled in the Caribbean Sea some 430 miles south of Miami. The three-island cluster is known for its inviting coral-sand beaches, laid-back island culture and tax-free status. While it lures many tourists and big banks, it’s not the first place you’d expect […]

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Do patients care about how much money their doctors make?

Trudy Lieberman | Policy | April 9, 2014 I am all for transparency when it comes to health care. So when Medicare announced that it would tell the public how much doctors are paid to treat Medicare patients, my first thought was “hooray.” Another victory for consumer information. Then I began to think about this […]

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 […]

direct primary care journal 1 April 15

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 […]

maine1 April 15

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. […]

dr on demand April 14

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 […]

two-dollar-bill-490 April 14

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 […]

road-sign-right-decision-wrong-decsmall April 13

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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