Annual Technology Costs for Physicians is More than $32,500

The average amount spent per doctor each year on health information technology (HIT) by physician-owned multispecialty practices is $9405 for IT staff and $23,187 for equipment, hardware, and upkeep. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) reported a 40% increase in IT costs from 2009 to 2016. Physicians are penalized with payment reductions for not maintaining the government mandated technology infrastructure. “You’ve got to have the bells and whistles, and those don’t come cheap,” described Rob Tennant, MA, MGMA’s HIT Policy director. The snippet above is from the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom e-Newsletter.  It highlights the fact that the overhead expenses … Continue reading

Give the Poor Insurance Companies a Break

This is another great Authentic Medicine blog by Dr. Douglas Farrago.  He points out that  we, the common men and women of this country, must comply with the rule of law and purchase health insurance or face fines.  Meanwhile, the companies that pushed the legislation through to guarantee they have involuntary customers face no consequences for not delivering what we are paying for.  It must be nice to be a crony capitalist… Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. In another example of this administration doing whatever ever they want with the Affordable Care Act it was found recently that “health insurers that sell … Continue reading

A Growing Alternative to Obamacare

From the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom e-Newsletter: In the years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health sharing ministries have grown exponentially. Samaritan Ministries membership has tripled since 2013 and Medi-share has grown from 60,000 in 2013 to 200,000 in 2016. Health sharing is one of the exemptions from the Obamacare mandate and has over 600,000 members according to the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries. With all the problems caused from the ACA, health sharing ministries are worth looking at as we near the next enrollment season. We are seeing more and more patients who are members … Continue reading

The Dry Tortugas and Being a Deplorably Good Physician by Dr. Marilyn Singleton

This is a brilliant piece by my friend, Dr. Marilyn Singleton.  She is both a doctor of medicine and a doctor of law.  She does a fantastic job at calling out the political establishment for what they have done, and are planning to do to health care in America.  Not only will you not be able to keep your doctor, but your doctor will not be able to keep his/her practice open after they are done. This article comes from The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) website, Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Hillary … Continue reading

Bill Has A DPC Doctor. Be Like Bill.

Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. This is just a friendly reminder that having health insurance is not the same thing as having access to high quality, affordable health care. Having a plastic card issued by an insurance company that you have to pay several hundred dollars a month for, and are still liable for high copayments, deductibles, and other out of pocket costs, is not the same as having a great relationship with a doctor and office staff who know you and will take care of all your primary care needs. Direct Primary Care doctors actually deliver the health care that … Continue reading

FIRST THE BREXIT, NOW THE DREXIT?

  There is a lot of attention being paid to the surprise move by the people of the United Kingdom who last week voted to exercise their right to opt out of the European Union, aka “The Brexit.”  Those who benefit from maintaining the status quo are shocked and aghast.  They should not have been so unprepared for the result.  When you oppress a free people long enough and make them do things that they know are against their own self interest, and may even bring about the end of their own existence as they know it, at some point, … Continue reading

Non-Profit Hospitals & Their Employees

Whenever I talk about hospitals which don’t pay taxes because they supposedly do not make a profit, and write off so much money because of bad debt and charity care, I always use air quotes when I use the term, “non-profit.” The truth is that these entities, while crying poor, are often constantly expanding.  They build multimillion dollar buildings, buy up surrounding property and take it off tax rolls, and pay their executives seven figure salaries.  If that is not making a profit, I would like in on the action. In the article below by Dr. Arvind Cavale, published in … Continue reading

Three Reasons Why Employers Should Care about Direct Primary Care

The following essay is written by Samir Qamar, M.D., CEO of Medlion, a large Direct Primary Care company based in Nevada.  He does a great job of outlining why the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model of healthcare delivery works much better for employers and employees than the traditional insurance based practices. It is our belief that DPC provides 1) price transparency,  2) predictability  3) outstanding access  4) increased patient, employer, and physician satisfaction.   Michael A. Ciampi, M.D.   Three Reasons Why Employers Should Care about Direct Primary Care By Samir Qamar, M.D. Apr 14, 2016 1.“Insurance is not necessary … Continue reading

Collecting Your Data Through Employer Wellness Programs

Most employers, especially small to medium sized businesses really have their employees’ best interest at heart.  They know that happy and healthy employees are absent from their job less and are more productive.  I have talked to many and truly believe that they have no other agenda than maintaining a healthy workforce, with the side benefit of having lower insurance costs as a result. That being said, it is scary to think that some of these programs are subject to third party data mining without the express consent of the employees.  I see this as a violation of their personal … Continue reading

Tennessee Lawmakers Offer Direct Primary Care as Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

Tennessee gets it! We need similar legislation here in Maine, and in the other states where this legislation does not exist. It is a great idea to facilitate price transparency and increase truly affordable health care without burdening taxpayers.   Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. From The Heartland News Institute: (via the Goodman Institute For Public Policy Research’s Linkedin Page) Tennessee Lawmakers Offer Direct Primary Care as Alternative to Medicaid Expansion April 2, 2016 Dustin Siggins  A year after rejecting Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Tennessee lawmakers are adopting free-market reforms to increase … Continue reading