Wednesday, June 24

Medical Home with Health IT as my personal solution to Health Care

I am an early adopter and believe that you have to walk the talk, so recently I joined one of the first medical home models that uses a flat fee structure ($45 a month or $540 which is about equal to my health Insurance deductible ) for my primary care. Just as an FYI - I am one of the rare few to pay out of pocket for my health insurance at a rate of $458 a month for a not very good 80/20 plan. It therefore costs me $5000 per year before my insurance pays the first $ so I have a vested interest in high quality affordable care and added this to my strategy.

Yesterday I had a chance to use it for the first time. An email to the care team at 4pm , a call back from a nurse within 20 minutes, a doctor within an hour if I wanted and a next day visit if needed. Two phone calls to day to check up on me. The total cost $0 as it is covered by the flat fee.. here are some more details

Swedish Community Health Medical Home | Swedish Medical Center / Seattle: "Swedish Community Health Medical Home

What Makes Us Unique
We are a family medicine clinic with a medical home approach to care. This means patients of all ages will receive care from a team of personal physicians. Unlike traditional clinics where you pay for each visit, you and/or your insurance carrier will pay a fixed monthly rate that covers unlimited access to your physician team. We offer:"

  • Same-day appointments
  • 30 to 60 minute visits
  • Direct after-hours phone access to your physician team
  • E-mail access to your physician team
  • Access to your own medical chart through a secured Web site
  • Interpreter services
  • Referrals to specialty care
  • Our Services Include:

  • Preventive Care/Wellness (including immunizations, well-child visits, adult visits, women's care)
  • Chronic Disease Management (including diabetes, hypertension, depression, asthma)
  • Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Adult Medicine
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Mental Health Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Health Education
  • Minor Surgical Procedures
  • Media Coverage

  • To read a related article posted on on March 30, 2009, click here.
  • To read a related article posted on the Ballard News-Tribune Web site on March 27, 2009, click here.
  • To read a related article published in the Jan. 18, 2009 issue of The Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest magazine, click here.
  • To read a related article published in the Dec. 21, 2008 issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, click here.
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