May 24-26, 2016
The DPC Journal, The American Journal of Retail Medicine, Concierge Medicine Today and the IHC Have Partnered Together to bring you a Special Innovation Session entitled “Outlook for Employers Contracting With Direct Primary Care or Concierge Medicine” to be held at the IHC FORUM & Expo in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 24, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
On Tuesday, THE DPC JOURNAL Leadership alongside The IHC bring together a special panel discussion talking about: “Outlook for Employers Contracting With Direct Primary Care or Concierge Medicine“ to be held at the IHC FORUM & Expo in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 24, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
“If physicians want to reclaim that business, they will probably have to offer the same benefits of scheduling and efficiency that retail clinics do.” ~NY Times
By Michael Tetreault and Catherine Sykes
MAY 6, 2016 – The way companies and their employees get access to and pay for health care is evolving quickly. Surveys show that many of the estimated 30 million people who gained insurance coverage last year under health care reform do not have a primary health care physician or do not use one. According to The New York Times, many opted for high-deductible health plans. This group is expected to become picky with the dollars they spend and to be less tolerant of the opaque pricing that is still the industry’s norm.
Employers, employees and their families are starting to demand more convenient, on-demand access to health care. It is clear that this trend will continue, especially as today’s higher deductibles are causing increased consumer sensitivity to healthcare costs.
Expert panelists discuss the innovation, trends and happenings in the direct primary care and concierge family medicine space, including concepts on how private medical offices can work with employers and how it will shape the future of employer-sponsored health care options. This session will provide an educational overview of direct primary care and concierge medicine and these points:
- The Benefits of Gain-Sharing Between Employers and These Programs.
- What Is The Value Proposition To Your Employees Even If This Isn’t An HSA Eligible Expense?
- What Does A Doctor Offer to Employers?
- And More!
Expert Speaker/Moderator: Catherine Sykes, Publisher/Managing Editor, The Direct Primary Care Journal and Concierge Medicine Today
Panelists: Blaine W. Lindsey, Executive Director, Aledade, Inc.; Bill Cossart, CEO, MedFirst Partners; Terrence L. Bauer, Principal, Stroudwater Associates; Jed Constantz, Chief Strategy Officer / SVP Client Relations, Employer Advantage Health Care Solutions
Wise employers and benefit managers will take heed. With rising consumerism and transparency in healthcare, innovative solutions are rising to the surface.
“I heard an interesting story from a colleague recently that some patients in a hospital telemedicine program rated videoconferencing more personal than an actual bedside visit by a physician,” says Terry Bauer of Stroudwater in Atlanta, GA. “Why? Because the physicians being beamed into the room were focused, undistracted by phone calls or pagers, and not in a hurry to complete their rounds.”
In this fast-changing world, retail healthcare is a one-stop shop for healthcare. For employers and insurers, retail healthcare clinics offer a way to reduce costs for noncritical conditions. A study by researchers at the RAND Corporation estimated that more than a quarter of emergency room visits could be handled at retail clinics and urgent care centers, creating savings of $4.4 billion a year.
Concierge Medicine Today (www.ConciergeMedicineToday.com), the trade publication for the membership medicine industry said to CNNMoney.com that there are a number of physicians around the country who have set up membership-based programs that offer employees primary care healthcare anywhere from $1,200 a year to $2,500 annually — depending on patient load and the level of personal attention desired. It’s a trend also known as Concierge Medicine, Membership Medicine and Direct Primary Care. The strength of Membership Medicine lies in its focus on the doctor-patient relationship.
In an effort to circumvent health insurance headaches, some employers like Expedia, ComCast and others companies in small beta-site pockets around the country are looking to Membership Medicine and cash-only primary care physicians (typically with more than one office location) as an innovative, cost-saving solution. Just last year, an article in Forbes noted that 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.
Source: The DocPreneur Institute, (C) 2015, 2016 – www.DocpreneurPress.org
EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL | Duration Time: 44min. 39 sec. — (Updated: May 2016)
Description & Topics Covered:
- Addressing How DPC and Concierge Care Practices Work for/with Employers;
- Study a Snapshot of Who Is Currently Doing It;
- Creating a Profile of an Ideal Employer;
- What Are Employers Looking for?
- A Profile of Receptive Employers;
- Determine Your Unique Selling Points;
- Uncover Objections You Need to Be Prepared for;
- How to Find Employers in Your Area and more.