Saturday, June 13, 2009

Insurance industry goes after docs who help the uninsured

Medscape has a great article that got (surprise!) very little mainstream media-play - about the insurance industry going after concierge doctors who offer services to the uninsured.

For those of us who don't live in the rarefied world of "concierge" anything, here's how a concierge doc works: you, as a doc, sign up people for a fixed monthly amount, then you offer them hand-held service for that monthly payment. Also part of the arrangement is a (sometimes explicit, sometimes assumed) limit on the total number of patients the doc will see - say, 600 people total [for more on this secretive and explosive healthcare topic - called panel size - check out tomorrow's Doc Gurley post titled "Can't get an appointment with your doc? Here's the secret reason why..."].


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