A Biennial Recognition, Meet The Top Doctors In Concierge Medicine (20) of 2014-2015


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A Biennial Recognition, Meet The Who’s Who In Concierge Medicine Throughout The U.S. In 2014-2015 by industry trade publication, Concierge Medicine Today.

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Media Contact: Michael Tetreault, Editor | Tel: 770.455.1650 | editor@conciergemedicinetoday.com

MAY 1, 2014 – Twenty (20) physicians have been named to Concierge Medicine Today’s annual ‘Top Doctors In Concierge Medicine’ in 2014 and 2015, a distinction held by less than one percent of doctors across the country every two years. In 2013, Concierge Medicine Today, the industry’s medical news and information resource recognized just fourteen (14) doctors to receive this honor. In prior years, even fewer were selected. Honorees were nominated by their patients, professional peers, staff and others from across the U.S. and are carefully selected and chosen by the Editors at Concierge Medicine Today, who considered such factors as healthcare delivery innovation, clinical excellence, bedside manner, public relations, patient experience, community education and other relevant indicators.

Editor-In-Chief, Michael Tetreault, Author, Speaker, Educator, Media Liason

Editor-In-Chief, Michael Tetreault, Author, Speaker, Educator, Media Liason

“We look for physicians who have made an impact on patients, their community, their state, social media, technology and more,” said Michael Tetreault, Editor of the industry’s medical news and information agency, Concierge Medicine Today. “As a prominent and active educational voice in this industry, we feel it is very important to acknowledge and recommend specific physicians and practices within the concierge medicine and direct primary care marketplace each year that reflect and represent innovation, professionalism, value and the benefits of this industry. There are so many more remarkable physicians who are not on this list yet, but are starting the discussion and driving healthcare forward across the nation talking about the importance of an affordable, transparent physician-patient relationship to effect change in their local communities.”

Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) surveys communities, Physicians and staff for nearly two years before selecting the final list. CMT looks for physicians who have made a significant impact on patients, their peers, their community, their state, social media, clinical research and personalized treatment, use innovative technology and more. Concierge Medicine physicians don’t accept the status quo. Therefore, we believe it is important to acknowledge specific physicians and certain practices every two years within the Concierge Medicine space … and hope they continue to reflect positivity, demonstrate kindness towards others, drive innovation in their patient care and treatment decisions, communicate with clarity and exceptional professionalism, provide value for Patients and uncover the unique benefits of this at-the-ready industry.

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In 2013 and prior years, Concierge Medicine Today found distinguished doctors opening unique practices in markets like North Dakota and Montana. This year, physicians are prominently working in this field in surgery centers, urban metropolitan medical centers, corporations, mobile medical units and pediatric practices. The result is Concierge Medicine Today’s ‘Top Doctors In Concierge Medicine’ across America list, which includes some of the nation’s most respected specialists and outstanding primary care physicians. These are the doctors that patients, peers and other healthcare professionals recognize as the best in their fields. They do not pay a fee and are not paid to be listed. Today, as in years past, it is a list which is respected by the medical profession and patients alike as a source of quality information.

“In developing our Direct Practice, we started by identifying what was missing from traditional medicine… and replaced it with what we would want for our own family,” says Dr. Robert Emerick of Gig Harbor, WA.

Congratulations to the following physicians named to Concierge Medicine Today’s 2014 list of ‘Top Doctors in Concierge Medicine’ who made the list (in alphabetical order):

“Consolaré offers an alternative to the traditional business model of the medical practice. I only work with a limited number of members. This allows me to know you on a personal basis and understand your unique health concerns.” Carrie Bordinko, MD of Paradise Valley, AZ.

“By selecting only a small population of clients and providing dedicated counseling sessions, sometimes as often as weekly, we allow our clients to actively participate in their care plan and to move forward toward their goals at a real-time pace. This enables all of us to realize that health care to be a positive experience.,” says Dr. Bordinko of AZ.

Criteria Evaluated for CMT’s “TOP DOCS” 2014 Recognition and Nomination Includes (but is not limited to…)

  • Educational Efforts (ie. about concierge medicine/direct care)
  • Patient Ratings/Reviews
  • Value-Added Services Inside Their Practice
  • Innovative Services/Marketing
  • Charitable Efforts
  • Activity in Social Media Networks
  • Medical Influence
  • Peer Recognition/Nomination
  • Social Influence
  • Community Involvement

Initially, Concierge Medicine, Direct-Pay and Cash-Only doctors were primarily operating in primary care and family practices across the country. The latest data analysis and figures from Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) reports that there are approximately 12,000 Concierge Medicine, Direct-Pay, Boutique and Cash-Only practices nationwide in 2014, about two-thirds charge less than $135 a month on average. This figure includes primary care, family medicine, osteopath and various specialty physician practices.

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“We believe — and this is after years of verifying doctors, talking with actual doctors, talking with business leaders, and talking with physicians who are influencers — that there are slightly less than 4000 physicians who are verifiably, actively practicing concierge medicine or direct primary care across the United States, with probably another 8000 practicing under the radar,” said Tetreault.

Since 2011, there started to be a growing number that practiced in secondary Concierge Medicine specialties including: pediatrics; general surgery; spine surgery; gynecology; dentistry; cardiology; addiction medicine; dermatology; oncology and more. These specialty practices usually offer the same immediate access, longer appointments, and a proactive health focus similar to primary care concierge practices. Some also offer home visits. Specialists usually limit their practices to a smaller number of patients –150-300 compared to the more typical 300-750 patients for primary care. They also tend to have patients who have chronic conditions.

Joel Bessmer, MD, FACP of Omaha, Nebraska's own, Members.MD

Joel Bessmer, MD, FACP of Omaha, Nebraska’s own, Members.MD

“To those who say concierge doctors are hurting the system by diminishing the number of patients we can care for, my reply is: if you keep doing the same thing year after year, you are going to get the same results!” said Dr. Joel Bessmer of Members.MD based in Omaha, NE. “If we don’t focus on salvaging the doctor-patient relationship and allowing the appropriate time for each patient’s care and follow-up, patients will begin to feel their primary care is a waste of time.”

“We are proud of the physicians named to this year’s ‘Top Doctors in Concierge Medicine’ list,” said Catherine Sykes, Publisher of Concierge Medicine Today and its sister publication, The Direct Primary Care Journal. “The listed physicians, are singular representatives of a modern era of healthcare delivery that is representative of old-fashioned values. These physicians and their staff, in our opinion, provide some of the most innovative approaches, ideas, educational treatments and therapies available to patients today. Together, with their healthcare teams, they are bringing patient-care and affordable access to their communities in a new level of excellence.”

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 marketplace. Its web site 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.

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Disclaimer*

Physician nominations are received through either an online nomination form, verbal or electronic communication. No Doctor(s) pays a fee and are not paid to be listed. Today, as in years past, it is a list which is respected by the medical profession and patients alike as a source of quality information. This does not constitute an endorsement by Concierge Medicine Today — but a recognition of the work these Physicians are doing in their community and business. If you have any questions about these physicians, their services, etc., please contact the doctor or doctor’s office directly. Concierge Medicine Today uses its best efforts to gather the information that is available and use it effectively. Ultimately, however, it is the professional judgment of the Concierge Medicine Today editors, the Managing Director and Publisher, which determines Concierge Medicine Today’s ‘Top Doctors In Concierge Medicine’ selection. If you have any questions about these physicians, their services, etc., please contact the doctor or doctor’s office directly. The editors, publisher, distributors, Concierge Medicine Today, LLC., its related, affiliated or subsidiary companies, stress that since the details of an individual’s personal health situation are fact-dependent, in no event shall any of our representatives or affiliated companies be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages or financial costs arising out of the use of any of the physicians on this list.