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Levinson, MD, PhD and Specialdocs [Chicago]: ‘Concierge Model is Good Medicine for Subspecialists and Their Patient.’

Concierge practices are good medicine for subspecialists and their patients: a conversation with Dr. John Levinson and Michael Friedlander, Specialdocs Consultants, Inc.

Concierge practices are good medicine for subspecialists and their patients: a conversation with Dr. John Levinson and Michael Friedlander, Specialdocs Consultants, Inc.

Cardiology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Pediatrics and OB GYN Practices Can Benefit from Conversion to Concierge Model, According to Specialdocs Consultants, Inc.

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Attracted to the opportunity to provide concierge medicine’s hallmark model of personalized care, physicians in subspecialties such as cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, and others are increasingly converting their practices, and reporting increased professional and personal satisfaction, according to Michael Friedlander, Principal at national healthcare consulting firm Specialdocs.

Specialdocs provides expert advice, support, assistance, and legal counsel… all the essentials for a successful concierge medicine practice. Our comprehensive support services free you and your office staff from the intense time demands inherent in transitioning any busy medical practice. Concierge Medicine Practice Specialists 847.432.4502

Specialdocs provides expert advice, support, assistance, and legal counsel… all the essentials for a successful concierge medicine practice. Our comprehensive support services free you and your office staff from the intense time demands inherent in transitioning any busy medical practice. Concierge Medicine Practice Specialists 847.432.4502

Leading cardiologist John R. Levinson, MD, PhD, founder of the country’s first concierge subspecialty practice, AllCare Medical, LLC, in Boston, says: “Those specialties where patients have a longitudinal relationship with their doctor to work on chronic problems are an ideal fit for the concierge model.  If you’re the kind of cardiologist who helps patients work on chronic valve disease, coronary disease, or other areas of preventive cardiology, a concierge practice vastly improves your ability to provide the very best care for each and every patient.”

Agrees E. Thomas Arne, Jr., DO, FACC, who transitioned his cardiology practice to the concierge model last spring with the help of Specialdocs: “So many risk factors circle around heart health—diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol—that being able to assume the primary care role and manage these issues upfront makes cardiology an ideal fit for concierge medicine.” The opportunity to treat the whole patient and address their entire scope of medical issues translates to better, more personalized medicine, according to Dr. Arne.

“Physicians in subspecialties report increased satisfaction with concierge medicine model.”

Endocrinology, with its focus on complex metabolic issues including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, thyroid and many other problems, also interfaces well with the objectives of primary care and preventive medicine, according to David A. Chappell, MD, who worked with Specialdocs to establish his concierge medical practice in Petaluma, California.

cmt selft test 2015“Personalized medicine provides the best opportunity to combine my expertise in endocrinology with internal medicine and primary care,” says Dr. Chappell. “My new practice gives me more time to ‘think outside the box’ and care for patients without onerous financial disincentives.”

As consulting fee reimbursements continue to shrink, subspecialists in particular are affected, and need options that enable them to survive, says Friedlander. “The concierge model works on every level, providing doctors with income that is not driven by volume as well as providing time to treat their patients for an entire range of complex issues.”

concierge medicine specialty 2014He continues: “We’ve seen a dramatic impact on subspecialists who have transitioned their practices and are able to practice medicine in the way they have always envisioned. They have, in fact, taken back their professional lives.”

“It’s staggering what a change it has made,” asserts Dr. Levinson. “I’m unbelievably happy doing what I’m doing.”

About Specialdocs
specialdocs_testSpecialdocs is a health care consulting firm dedicated to converting traditional medical practices to concierge medicine models, and provides ongoing support for those practices already transitioned. Since 2002, Specialdocs has successfully converted more than 150 medical practices in 30 states, growing exclusively through satisfied client referrals. For more information please call: 847-432-4502 or visit www.specialdocs.com

Media Contact: Mindy Kolof, 847-432-4502, mkolof@specialdocs.com

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