By Janet Colwell
MAY 16, 2016 – When general internist Edward Espinosa began his career at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta nine years ago, he planned to eventually transition from hospital- to office-based practice. However, the more he learned about the frustrations of the traditional fee-for-service environment, the less confident he became about taking that path.
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“The hospital was willing to set me up in a clinic but then I found out that I would need to see 25 patients a day,” says Espinosa, 43, who now runs Buckhead Concierge Internal Medicine in Atlanta. “It defeated the reason I wanted to practice outpatient medicine in the first place, which was to decrease my volume of patients and be less impersonal and rushed.”