We caught our first glimpse of storm clouds in October with this article in LNP. Highmark, the health insurer with the largest proportion of plans purchased by Pennsylvanians on healthcare.gov, would be dropping it’s most popular plans for 2016.
On Sunday, November 1st, LNP (the local newspaper of Lancaster, PA) published this article about CovenantMD, and on November 3rd, Fox 43 featured this segment. I think it's fair to say that these caused a local social media sensation. There were many cyber high fives, and some that expressed reservations about the model. In this post, I'll address what was by far the most frequent objection to Direct Primary Care.
While sipping your morning coffee and nibbling on Halloween candy, flip over to the money section of this morning's Sunday edition of LNP, or just click here.
Appropriated Press: Officials in Washington have confirmed that car insurance companies will now be required to pay for gas. "Transportation is a fundamental right of all Americans. Therefore gas is a fundamental right of all Americans," said one congressman. Consumer groups are split on the issue. Some embrace the savings to American families, others see the ghastly (gassly?) auto insurance premium hikes coming down the pike, and they are also aghast (agassed?) at the new Federal mandate coming in 2017.
Return with us to the days of Marcus Welby*! CovenantMD is bringing Direct Primary Care to Lancaster. Same or next-day appointments with no fees, extended visit times, home and worksite visits, access to your doctor by cell phone, text, and email, after hours access and after hours visits, and discounted blood work, radiology, and medications. Click here to sign up. We look forward to serving you! CovenantMD opens Monday, January 4, 2016.
* Say what? Marcus who? Marcus Welby, M.D., the main character in a 1970's TV series of the same name, epitomized old-time general practice. Check him out on iTunes. (If Welby is news to you, then I envy your youth.)
CovenantMD is proud to announce a new partnership with BCF Group. Small, medium, and large businesses can take advantage of CovenantMD's primary care umbrella, paired with insurance products offered through BCF. Employees enjoy the high-touch quality of Direct Primary Care, while employers enjoy savings through limiting ER and urgent care copays and cash-pay discounts on medications and radiology. Check out CovenantMD's employer page, email us, or give us a call at 717-287-1983. To hear more about insurance options, email or call Brad Forney, CRM at 717-560-7730.
Come hear more about CovenantMD, Lancaster's first Direct Primary Care practice, opening in January 2015. I'll be holding another 60-90 minute presentation on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:30pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, in Lancaster. I look forward to seeing you!
I think low-carb should be the default weight loss diet in America. Not low fat, not calorie-counting with your iPhone app, nor the du jour fad diet of the day. Ditch the carbs, and embrace the fat. And enjoy the benefits!
I’ve spent the last three years of my career as a doctor for the Amish. It is frontier medicine. I can regale you with stories of mangled hands immersed in cans of kerosene, arms and legs impaled with any number of small metal objects, injuries wrought by farm animals and table saws, of medical problems in states of extremis seldom seen and treated in outpatient clinics, of croupy toddlers finding relief from my breathing treatments at 2am.
Sorry for the late notice, but I will be presenting two one-hour information sessions about CovenantMD tomorrow evening at 7PM and 8PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster in the Reformation Room. Hope to see you!