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NY State Expands Telemedicine Program for the Homeless Using Concierge Medicine Model.

October 30, 2018 | By Sarah Lee

New York is expanding its telemedicine services to more local area homeless people and those living with developmental disabilities. Using a grant made possible by New York State lawmakers and reforms implemented by the administration of President Donald Trump, a concierge medical clinic based in Troy, New York is expanding its telemedicine services to more local area homeless people and those living with developmental disabilities. A $61,000 grant provided by New York State will allow United Concierge Medicine to expand its telemedicine program with the ARC of Rensselaer County, a national community-based organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to include the Schenectady ARC and the Schenectady City Mission homeless shelter.Since 2014, United Concierge Medicine has offered telemedicine services such as virtual and on-call medical care. The clinic’s expanded program will give the Schenectady City Mission homeless shelter the ability to provide services via telemedicine tools to 105 shelter residents per day for up to one year. Under a concierge medicine model, a patient pays a health care provider an annual retainer fee in exchange for access to enhanced care and longer, more patient-centered visits than most doctor’s offices provide.

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