Direct Care is a Slow Tsunami.

Overwhelming. Unstoppable. Enveloping.
Direct Care is taking the nation by storm, but unlike a tsunami, it’s not of the destructive variety. Rather than water, the country is being steadily blanketed with a refreshing alternative to traditional family medicine. As it slowly (but oh, so surely) spreads from town to town, city to city, more and more people realize how much they truly benefit from the patient-centric healthcare model.

Docs are getting excited, too. Every time they hear from a happy patient they wonder why it took them so long to transition in the first place. But even better, all the great feedback they’re hearing just validates they’ve done the right thing – not only for their patients but for themselves as well. Their quality of life skyrockets and their passion for medicine reignites. Once they’ve transitioned, it’s hard to look back at their old lives and remember how negatively they felt way back when.

Dr. Catherine Krouse has gone Direct Care precisely because of the difficulty of that old life. “You just end up getting drained and drained and drained. And then when your cup is completely empty, then you just get guarded and angry. And then you put up walls, and that really creates barriers.” Read her full story here and learn about the newest Direct Care practice in Falmouth, Maine called Lotus Family Practice.

 So as this #slowtsunami continues to commence with many more stories just like Catherine’s, the Direct Care community expands with confidence and the staying power to make patients and physicians happy for the long haul. 

Yahoo! Finance: Concierge Model is Good Medicine for Subspecialists and Their Patients

The Direct Care business model is for more than family practice. According to Yahoo! Finance, it’s perfect for subspecialists, too, including cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, pediatrics and OB GYN practices.

Leading cardiologist John R. Levinson, MD, PhD, founder of the country’s first concierge subspecialty practice, AllCare Medical, LLC, in Boston, says: “Those specialties where patients have a longitudinal relationship with their doctor to work on chronic problems are an ideal fit for the concierge model.  If you’re the kind of cardiologist who helps patients work on chronic valve disease, coronary disease, or other areas of preventive cardiology, a concierge practice vastly improves your ability to provide the very best care for each and every patient.”

But it’s more than just a good business plan. It’s a good choice for a better quality of life from a provider’s point of view. Michael Friedlander, Principal at national healthcare consulting firm Specialdocs, even went so far as to say that physicians who have adopted the model have “taken their professional lives back.” Dr. Levinson knows firsthand just how good life can be inside the proverbial walls of Direct Care.

“It’s staggering what a change it has made,” asserts Dr. Levinson. “I’m unbelievably happy doing what I’m doing.”

Read the full article over here on Yahoo! Finance. >