Yesterday afternoon, I had the privilege of speaking at the annual Pennsylvania Homecare Association conference, held at the Lancaster Convention Center at the Marriott. The Association invited me to talk about my experience being a physician that does housecalls. Below is the transcript of my 30-minute speech -- Dr. Rohal
I want to extend a sincere thank you to the Pennsylvania Homecare Association for having me this afternoon. My name is Doctor Patrick Rohal. I’m a family physician here in Lancaster.
Cost is the number one barrier to engaging your doctor. Direct Primary Care is an emerging practice model that breaks down that barrier.
Just in time for your Halloween candy hangover, today is November 1st. This day has been gaining infamy in recent years as the day that Healthcare.gov opens for business for the purchasing of health insurance plans for the following year. I make it a habit of trolling local media for stories related to the Exchange, and I have to say that I’m struck this year by the relative paucity of news coverage.
These are exciting times for CovenantMD! We are happy to announce that we are opening a new office in January, 2019 in York. The office will be located at 2811 N. George Street. CovenantMD York will be staffed by Stacey Denlinger, D.O.
Just like everyone, I want to enjoy a long, healthy life for myself, my kids, my family and my friends. Exactly like most of you (I suspect), I google everything. I use home remedies, and desire the best result with the least possibility of harm.
We are pleased to announce the addition to our practice of Jane Snyder, CRNP (nurse practitioner), who starts October 15. Jane is a Lancaster native who has been practicing primary care for the past several years. She is currently doing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, a program which is regarded as the flagship in I.M. She has already begun applying Integrative Medicine principles to her patient care, and is excited to practice primary care and Integrative Medicine in the context of Direct Primary Care (which affords greater time with patients, more timely appointments, etc).
Yesterday, I was privileged to accept a Small Business Development Award from SCORE Lancaster/Lebanon. Through SCORE, I have been privileged to work with a mentor, Hugh McMaster, who has guided me through the inception of CovenantMD in 2015 and its growth along the way. The following is the text of my acceptance speech.
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.