Prescriptions May Be Cheaper Without Insurance

NBC recently did a report on how there are prescription price secrets.  It was a very interesting story.  Everyone wants to save on medication s while still getting quality.  We took some of the information in the news report and added the costs comparisons for one of our DPC – One MD Direct clients.  You…

Combine insurance with DPC

The news is out. BCBS will be increasing their rates 22.9%  This is less than last year’s increase of 24.3% but the dollars are still flying out while the quality of care keeps declining. http://blog.bcbsnc.com/…/premiums-rise-2018-affordable-car…/ We are recommending people look at their insurance plans and go to a higher deductible plan and become members of OneMD…

A Must Read

Patient A was experiencing some belly pain. Unable to get an immediate appointment with his doctor.  His doctor’s office instructed “If he felt like it was bad enough that he needs to be seen today, he should go to the ER or an Urgent Care.” Patient A went to the ER and was treated. His…

A new kind of doctor’s office

A new kind of doctor’s office that doesn’t take insurance and charges a monthly fee is ‘popping up everywhere’ — and that could change how we think about healthcare Lydia Ramsey Mar. 17, 2018, 9:00 AM Dr. J Bryan Hill with one of his patients.Courtesy Dr. J Bryan Hill Direct primary care is a small…

An Innovative Alternative

Direct Primary Care: An Innovative Alternative to Conventional Health Insurance   W‌ith new concerns over the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)[1] on access to care and continued frustration with third-party reimbursement, innovative care models such as direct primary care may help to provide a satisfying alternative for doctors and patients. Doctors paid directly rather…

Get insurers out

Get insurers out of doctor-patient relationship BY DR. MOLLY RUTHERFORD January 19, 2018 04:19 PM Updated January 22, 2018 06:08 AM Patrick T. Padgett, executive vice president of the Kentucky Medical Association, made several valid points in his commentary, “Patients shouldn’t have to pay for Anthem’s poor business decisions.” Another way to say this is, “Patients and…

An ER visit and a $12,000 bill

 — and a health insurer that wouldn’t pay A new insurance policy expects patients to diagnose themselves. By Sarah Kliffsarah@vox.com  Jan 29, 2018, 8:00am EST Brittany Cloyd was doubled over in pain when she arrived at Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s emergency room on July 21, 2017. “They got me a wheelchair and wheeled me back to a…

The problem is the prices

Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans — and our health care system. By Sarah Kliffsarah@vox.com  Oct 16, 2017, 8:00am EDT On September 28, 2016, a 3-year-old girl named Elodie Fowler slid into an MRI machine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Doctors wanted to better understand a rare genetic condition that was…

Mythbusting: Direct Primary Care

When people hear the words “Direct Primary Care”, there are certain things they might think of. They might not know exactly what Direct Primary Care is and think of a regular primary care doctor, they might think it aligns with the more expensive concierge medicine, or they might think their doctor won’t be reachable. Amоng…

People Don’t Take Their Pills

Only One Thing Seems to Help… Cheaper Medications High-tech approaches and “reminder” packaging don’t work well. Reducing prices does. This is one of the many reasons here at OneMD Direct we are thrilled to offer our patients wholesale cost for their medications. Any way we can help our patients stay healthy are moves in the…

10 Reasons to join a DPC practice like OneMD Direct

Improved health- through greater access & communication with your health care team Time saving- virtually no wait at the office for your appointment and virtual visits at your fingertips without visiting the office Cost containment- membership fees are fixed and additional lab & imaging studies are steeply discounted Personal relationship with your physician & health care team- who…

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

The little things. It’s always the little things that are often overlooked, but can carry the most importance. Fresh air. Cold pillows. A good breakfast. Washing your hands. Few have the impact of the latter. Washing your hands is one of the most important steps to not only protecting your own health, but also prevention of germ…

Shopping for medical costs

Few Americans with high-deductible health plans negotiate prices, study shows SALT LAKE CITY — As the number of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans has jumped significantly in recent years, most enrollees have not adapted their consumer habits to control out-of-pocket costs, according to a new study out of the University of Utah. “I think…

Emergency rooms are monopolies.

Patients pay the price. New data shows how emergency rooms take advantage of their market share, at the expense of their patients. By Sarah Kliffsarah@vox.com  Dec 4, 2017, 8:00am EST Around 1 am on August 20, Ismael Saifan woke up with a terrible pain in his lower back, likely the result of moving furniture earlier that day….

What can Direct Primary Care do for Employers

Direct Primary Care can be extremely beneficial for individual patients for a variety of reasons.  About half of Americans get their health insurance through their employer. As you know, health care costs for employers have skyrocketed and continue to increase with recent estimates showing that family plans cost employers as much as $18,000, with some estimates…

Say “NO” Dr. Google.

Have you ever noticed that every time we are stuck in a difficult situation or are looking for a solution to almost anything under the sun, we bank upon Mr. Google! We are so engrossed in this digital world that we rely on the internet for things like shopping, socializing, learning new things or for…

Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense

Imagine if the only place you could bring your child when she develops a fever or an ear infection, or needs a checkup or a refill for her asthma inhaler, was to a hospital emergency room. Or imagine you have multiple medical problems—diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, say—yet don’t have a regular doctor…

3 ALTERNATIVES TO OBAMACARE HEALTH INSURANCE

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…  Yes, the holiday season but ALSO the dreaded “Open Enrollment” for medical insurance. That time of the year when you put off this line of the to do list because it’s just too confusing, overwhelming and irritating. The time of year when you start asking all your family and…

Fitting Direct Primary Care into a Corporate Benefit Plan

Foundation of a Plan In order to create an effective, repeatable, and scalable plan, Craig Scurato advises practitioners to try to transform business owners’ perspectives. Most businesses think of Direct Primary Care as an “add-on— something they’re adding on top of their benefit program,” when really, DPC needs to be the focus and the foundation…

Direct Primary Care Works with Medicare

A common question from our patients in their 60s and up is, “How could your practice at One MD Direct actually make sense with my medicare?”  It is a smart question.  It’s important to understand how medicare works when you have a doctor, like Dr. Suji, who does not bill medicare (aka a doctor who…

What if Car Insurance was like Health Insurance?

A letter from my insurance company, Blue Wheeled, brings terrible news. They rejected my claim, saying I didn’t receive pre-authorization for a long road-trip. I call them, pressing button after button through their robotic call system in a desperate attempt to speak with a human. When I finally reach a person, she’s not qualified to…

Alternative to Health Insurance

What is Medical Cost Sharing? Simply put, Medical Cost Sharing, also known as Health Care Sharing is the sharing of medical expenses done by a group of like-minded individuals and families who have decided to take back control of their own health-care decisions. Officially called Health Care Sharing Ministries, members who participate are exempt under…