Posted in Consumption Inequality, Doctor shortage, Economic Issues, Medicaid, Patient Choice, Patient Compliance, Patient-centered Care, Policy Issues, Quality, Reforming Medicaid, Uncategorized, Wait times to see a doctor

Is Medicaid-Associated Overuse of Emergency Departments Just a Temporary Surge? | Health Policy Blog |

Rates of Emergency Room Visits per Quarter

What is important to remember about Medicaid and similar programs is that you can sign up when you need care. People with private insurance can only sign up during open-enrollment periods.

Sure, the people who sign up for Medicaid will consume a lot of medical care and then drop off. But they will also drop out of Medicaid until they need it again. Meanwhile, eligible people who become sick will sign up next month. It never stops.

And it certainly does not address the problem that Medicaid provides poor access to physicians. If it did, the newly covered would not have had to flood hospitals’ emergency departments.

Is Medicaid-Associated Overuse of Emergency Departments Just a Temporary Surge? | Health Policy Blog |

Posted in Direct-Pay Medicine, Disease Prevention, Doctor shortage, Economic Issues, Employee Benefits, Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, Health Insurance, Medical Costs, Medicare, Patient-centered Care, Price Tansparency, Quality, Self-Insured Plans, Uncategorized

Who Will Pay For Proactive Medicine?

Todd Hixon
Todd Hixon

“Proactive Medicine” refers to medical services that focus heavily on engaging patients while they are healthy or early in the disease process, developing strong relationships, and providing early treatment or driving behavior change that prevents or delays serious illness.

Intensive primary care is important because 1) primary care impacts almost 100% of the population and 2) the benefits are big. Jorgensen reports that MDVIP has seen reductions of 80% plus in ER and hospital utilization and in hospital readmissions among a large group of Medicare patients that benefit from MDVIP’s particularly intensive primary care service. 

via Who Will Pay For Proactive Medicine?.

Posted in Direct-Pay Medicine, Doctor shortage, Doctor-Patient Relationship, Economic Issues, Health Insurance, Independent Physicians, Patient-centered Care, Protocols, Quality, Third-Party Free Practices, Uncategorized

Umbehr, MD: ‘Status quo primary care: How did things get this bad?’

Dr. Umbehr provides a succinct snapshot of state of primary care medicine in the U.S. . His solution, DPC, is the answer.Umbehr, MD: ‘Affordable direct care doctors are the long-term health care solution …’ | DIRECT primary CARE JOURNAL

Posted in Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Consumption Inequality, Doctor shortage, Doctor-Patient Relations, Economic Issues, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandate, Government Spending, Independent Physicians, Individual Mandate, Medical Costs, Medicare, News From Washington, DC & Related Shenanigans, Patient Choice, Patient-centered Care, Portable Insurance, Pre-existing Conditions, Price Tansparency, Quality, Reforming Medicare, Tax Policy, U.S. Constitution, Wait times to see a doctor

Repeal and Replace: 10 Necessary Changes | NCPA

Repeal and Replace: 10 Necessary Changes | NCPA.