MDVIP Launches Preventive Medicine Pilot Program for Uninsured in Florida

2008-07-15 07:00:00

MDVIP Doctors Join Project Access and Palm Beach County Medical

Society to Provide Ongoing Wellness and Healthcare for Low-income,

Uninsured

“MDVIP deserves kudos for its efforts thus

far, and if it expands the program further, all the better.”—U.S.

News & World Report – Michelle

Andrews

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(EMWNews)–When Dr.

Edward Goldman heard about Project Access, a program designed to

provide emergency medical care for uninsured people in Palm Beach County

in late 2007, he wondered what happened to those patients after the

emergency episode.

We discovered that uninsured patients were

virtually discharged with no follow-up care once they had been treated

and stabilized, says Dr. Goldman, CEO of the MDVIP

nationwide network of doctors specializing in preventive medicine. Typically,

patients in the Palm Beach County program suffer from COPD, emphysema,

cataracts needing surgery, chronic hypertension, congestive heart

failure and related disease, all of which require a good deal of

follow-up. Without ongoing medical treatment, many emergency treatments

will become chronic events, Dr. Goldman adds.

A few months later, MDVIP partnered with the Project

Access health service initiative in Palm Beach County to launch a

pilot program to provide not only follow-up care, but also an ongoing

healthcare and wellness program for the Project Access patients in Palm

Beach County, Florida.

We believe preventive medicine is not only

good for the patients because it reduces health risks but also because

it relieves stress on the entire medical process by reducing hospital

visits and expensive emergency care, says Dr.

Goldman. We look forward to expanding the

pilot program beyond Florida and into other markets where we have MDVIP

affiliated physicians.

While most primary care doctors have 2,000-3,000 patients, MDVIP doctors

limit their practices to about 600 patients in order to offer more

personalized and preventive healthcare. MDVIP patients pay a membership

fee of typically $1,500 annually for MDVIPs

personalized healthcare, including a comprehensive annual evaluation

which includes the identification of risk factors which predict the

diseases a person is most likely to develop, based upon personal and

family history, genetics, lifestyle, habits and occupation. It includes

laboratory testing, EKG and screenings related to mental status,

exercise, nutrition and sleep; vision, hearing and pulmonary function

testing; and a review of all medication, with subsequent coordinated

wellness plan. The MDVIP Project Access pilot group will receive these

services at no charge.

We are pleased to be working with MDVIP

physicians who will be donating their time and experience to give back

to the community through this new program,

stated Jose F. Arrascue, M.D., President Palm Beach County Medical

Society Services.

Seven MDVIP affiliated physicians based in Palm Beach County have

already screened and placed 25 Project Access patients in their

practices. The preventive medicine pilot program will ultimately serve

about 200 Palm Beach County low-income, uninsured patients.

Additionally, MDVIP plans to develop essential data that shows how this

model can reduce costs to the system and improve healthcare for the

uninsured, as it has in MDVIP affiliated practices nationally.

The Palm Beach County Project Access was established in 2005 by the Palm

Beach County Medical Society to provide uninsured people whose annual

income is below 200% of the federal poverty level

$20,800 for one person or $42,400 for a family of four

with access to primary care physicians, specialists, diagnostic

facilities and hospitals.

MDVIP, Inc. is a privately-held firm, founded in 2000 and headquartered

in Boca Raton, Florida. It is a national network of physicians who

practice proactive, preventive and personalized healthcare, not just the

detection and treatment of disease. With prevention as the cornerstone

of its program, MDVIP has proven that its

carefully chosen affiliated physicians provide exceptional care and

achieve exceptional outcomes. These outcomes include lower

hospitalization rates. For more information, go to www.MDVIP.com.

MDVIP, Inc., Boca Raton
Nancy Udell, 561-310-5455
nudell@mdvip.com
or
Maryann

Palumbo, 718-680-6483
mpmarkcon@aol.com

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