Tis’ the season. And I’m not talking about the Holidays. It’s open enrollment season. The Pennsylvania insurance exchange opened for sign-ups on Wednesday, Nov 1st. This year, the enrollment season is shorter, ending December 15.
We have a new doctor! We are very happy to welcome Susan Mellinger, M.D., to CovenantMD. She begins with us on Monday, September 11. Dr. Mellinger brings a rigorous commitment to evidence-based care, and a passion for developing a true doctor-patient relationship, characterized by ample time in the exam room and a love for patient education.
Health is not a commodity.
Risk factors are not disease.
Aging is not an illness.
Quality is more than metrics.
Come find out about CovenantMD and Direct Primary Care. We offer same and next-day appointments; cell, text, and email access to your doctor; after hours, weekend, and holiday coverage, and discounts on medications, labwork, and radiology. We're reclaiming the doctor/patient relationship! Direct Primary Care pairs well with high-deductible health insurance plans and sharing plans. We are also a great option for small business owners feeling the squeeze of rising health insurance costs.
On Saturday, a married couple who are business owners signed up for CovenantMD. They emailed us shortly after signing up, and I would like to share with you some of their comments (used with their permission): “Our new rates came in from the Affordable Care Act with a whopping price tag of $23,925/year premium, $9,000/year annual deductible, and a $14,300/year maximum out-of-pocket. That said, if we continue with regular health insurance, we would lose our business."
Dear Patients and Friends,
We have three events coming up in the next two weeks. Feel free to join us, and please invite anyone you think might be interested:
"Direct Primary Care: An Innovative Health Benefit for Employees"
by Patrick Rohal, MD, FAAFP, Friday, November 4, 2 to 3:30 PM, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, Southern Market Center, 100 S. Queen Street, Lancaster.
Yesterday, Healthcare.gov opened for “window shoppers,” those that would like to get a preview of health insurance rates prior to the Exchange opening for purchasing on November 1st. Let's crunch some of these numbers and see how much money we can save if we pair a high deductible plan with CovenantMD.
I was in Harrisburg on Friday morning, presenting the concept of direct primary care to a room full of employers, employer benefits specialists, and other doctors. It was the inaugural conference of the Free Market Medical Association, Pennsylvania Chapter. For many in the audience, it was the first time that they had heard of such a thing as direct primary care. I always love the reactions I get: enthusiasm, relief, and hope for lowering cost on something so foundational as primary care.
The other day, I was at a business-to-business marketing event in which I had to give my one-minute elevator pitch for CovenantMD, six times over. I always love the reactions I get. “I feel like I should give you a standing ovation,” said one attendee. Another said, “I’ve never heard of doctors doing such a thing! That’s amazing!” It’s fun living outside the box.
This article, published Monday in the New York Times, has created quite a stir. It profiles a study that followed 14 former contestants on the show, "The Biggest Loser." The study found that over the course of six years, 13 out of the 14 contestants have regained some, most, or in some cases more than the weight they lost on the show.