10 Employee Benefits Predictions for 2016

Posted by Samir Qamar on 12/17/15 11:00 AM

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Healthcare is in flux. From affordable benefits like Direct Primary Care (DPC) to the rollout of Employer Mandates, American businesses nationwide are viewing an entirely new healthcare landscape. The following list summarizes some of the benefits trends expected to affect employers and employees in 2016:

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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Employers, Doctors, Healthcare, Healthcare Consumers

5 Reasons Why Telemedicine Works with Direct Primary Care

Posted by Samir Qamar on 12/10/15 11:00 AM

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Telemedicine is a growing trend. With a focus on cost, convenience, and access, this $30 billion industry is appealing to those who don’t have to visit their doctor for every single thing. Refills, lab orders and results, even minor conditions can be taken care of during telemedicine appointments.

Unfortunately, telemedicine is often shunned at insurance-centric doctors’ offices because insurance companies typically don’t pay doctors for telemedicine visits – a reason why you can’t get your doctor on the phone. In Direct Primary Care practices, however, telemedicine is not only routine, but encouraged for the sake of patient convenience. The following article cites five reasons why telemedicine works with Direct Primary Care (DPC):

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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Employers, Doctors, Healthcare, Doctor Visits

Longer Doctor Visits - What's the Big Deal?

Posted by Samir Qamar on 11/12/15 11:00 AM
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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Healthcare, Doctor Visits, Short Doctor Visits

$0 Copays – What’s the Big Deal?

Posted by Samir Qamar on 11/5/15 11:00 AM

 

One of the key characteristics of most Direct Primary Care practices is that patients don’t have to pay any copays. With the monthly subscription covering access as well as primary care medical services, employees are already financially vested in their care. The following discusses advantages of a “$0 copay policy”:

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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Brokers, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Employers, Healthcare, Healthcare Consumers

8 Reasons Why Primary Care Physicians Should Join a DPC Network

Posted by Samir Qamar on 10/16/15 11:00 AM

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is primary care’s newest practice model, and perhaps one of the fastest-growing. Doctors flocking to this new healthcare system have the support of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Affordable Care Act, laws in at least a dozen states, and physician pioneers who tirelessly search for a better system of care.

Not to be confused with “concierge medicine”, Direct Primary Care offers numerous benefits for physicians – no coding, no claims, less paperwork, more income, and more time with patients. The model works by providing high-access primary care for a low monthly fee, rendering insurance unnecessary for primary care.

Although the number of individual doctors attempting to start their own DPC practices is steadily growing, many others are joining established DPC networks. This article discusses the top reasons why primary care physicians should consider joining an established DPC network instead of going solo.

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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Doctors, Healthcare

4 Insurance Strategies for Employers to Pair with Direct Primary Care

Posted by Samir Qamar on 10/1/15 11:00 AM

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is no longer a movement, it’s an industry. Supported by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the laws of at least a dozen states, DPC appears to be growing in popularity nationwide.

Elusive, however, is how DPC can be paired with various insurance plans. The following summarizes four insurance strategies that employers and insurance brokers/advisors can use to lower healthcare costs when making DPC a part of the benefits package:

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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Brokers, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Employers, Healthcare

Top 5 Reasons Why Employee Experience is Better in Direct Primary Care

Posted by Samir Qamar on 9/24/15 11:00 AM

Many employers across the nation are offering Direct Primary Care programs to employees as part of their healthcare benefits. Following are the top reasons why employee experience is significantly and noticeably different in the Direct Primary Care model. There are also strong reasons why employers should care about Direct Primary Care.

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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Brokers, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Employers, Doctors, Healthcare, Healthcare Consumers

Direct Primary Care Vs Concierge Medicine: Employers Should Know the Difference

Posted by Samir Qamar on 9/15/15 11:00 AM

Direct Primary Care (DPC) and concierge medicine are rapidly growing models of primary care. Though the terms are used interchangeably, both are not the same. Such liberal use of terms, many times by even those within the industry, confuses those who are attempting to understand how these primary care models operate. As former concierge physician, and subsequent founder of one of the nation’s largest Direct Primary Care companies, I have attempted to differentiate the two based on extensive personal knowledge and experience.

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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Brokers, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Employers, Healthcare, Healthcare Consumers

Three Reasons Why Employers Should Care about Direct Primary Care

Posted by Samir Qamar on 9/10/15 11:00 AM

  1. “Insurance is not necessary for all healthcare.”

  2. “Not all healthcare is expensive.”

  3. "Employers can use Direct Primary Care to lower healthcare costs."
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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Brokers, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Employers, Healthcare, Healthcare Consumers

Why I Started MedLion Direct Primary Care

Posted by Samir Qamar on 9/3/15 11:00 AM

Every year or two, my family would move to another country as I grew up the son of a United Nations diplomat. Wondering why I had to keep making new friends, one day I asked my father why we always traveled. He told me he had the ability to help people in one town, or a hundred towns. When asked which was better, the answer was obvious, and it was a lesson I never forgot.

It was that purpose – “helping people in a hundred towns” – that made me create MedLion Direct Primary Care, a new healthcare model designed to help people everywhere.

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Topics: Direct Primary Care, Brokers, Health Insurance, Employers, Doctors, Healthcare, Healthcare Consumers