Physician Practice

Coming out against concierge services

Physician Practice Perspective, June 21, 2002

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Doctors charging patients an annual fee for a smorgasbord of health services and access advantages are playing with regulatory fire. State insurance laws and Medicare rules are two potential snags that could trip up your plans to open a so-called concierge practice.MDVIP, a group headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, is luring doctors like internist Michelle Schwatz, MD. She tired of managed care’s assembly line, and MDVIP’s hook made sense: Spend more time with patients and introduce new levels of preventive care. Concierge practices charge patients an annual fee around $1,500

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