OFFICIAL, CMT POSITION STATEMENT: “Supporting Laws That Encourage Independence”



By Concierge Medicine Today

ATLANTA, GA –  Concierge Medicine Today (CMT), the premier trade publication in Concierge Medicine, released a statement today into the hands of physicians and lawmakers which discussed the Support for laws that encourage patient choice and physician independence.

Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) believes the American consumer (i.e. patient) should have access to the widest range of services made available by licensed physicians and healthcare professionals. CMT supports laws that respect and enhance consumer choice in the marketplace. State laws should support an independent physician that is unencumbered by controls imposed by insurance company regulations, large healthcare systems, and which ensure access to market for all doctors wishing to provide Concierge Medicine and direct-to-consumer healthcare programs to his/her community at-large. For smaller Subscription-based Medical Offices, the ability to be unencumbered by these market forces is essential to practice business survival.

This position statement comes on the heels of other industry-wide position statements, cementing Concierge Medicine’s mark in advanced healthcare research, innovative delivery, use of apps and technology, Pharmacogenomics, and the use and actionability of evidence-based medicine outcome data.

“The Concierge Medicine Physician can, should [and currently is] acting as the informed fiduciary, shepherding the patient treatment process so as to make informed decisions with actionable data, together, with their patients,” said Michael Tetreault, Editor of CMT. “Companies see Concierge Medicine as the ideal delivery model for healthcare innovation as it allows patients to control their healthcare dollars, be guided by a relational physician when learning about advanced healthcare options and make more informed, data-driven decisions under the direction and support of their involved [Concierge] physician, to live a healthier life.”

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“What we’ve learned in healthcare innovation of the past decade is that when new terms are introduced into the marketplace, the terminology that the ‘media’ uses mosts, wins. It will be exciting to see this emerging third discovery in private medicine evolve over the next several months …” ~Michael Tetreault, Editor, CMT, The DPC Journal, The DocPreneur Institute

About Concierge Medicine Today

Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) is a news organization and the Concierge Medicine industry’s oldest national trade publication for the Concierge Medicine and Membership Medicine marketplaces. Its website is the online destination for businesses, consumers, physicians, legislators, researchers and other stakeholders to learn about the history of this industry, various business aspects of the marketplace, trends, breaking news and more that drives the conversation that Concierge Medicine and free market healthcare delivery is creating on a national and international level.

HR 2300 and a couple of other pieces of bipartisan legislation … would allow HSA dollars to be used for Concierge Medicine and DPC practices. We [Washington] are basically there from an appreciation standpoint that it needs to occur … but, we need the impetus of you all and your patients to demand that that be an option.” ~Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06)

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