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5 Questions to Ask About Concierge Healthcare before Enrolling

Sep 14, 2015 by Richard Stamps

Are you thinking about making the transition to concierge healthcare? Here's what you should know before making the leap.

1. Do you understand the fee structure, including what is and isn't covered?

Concierge healthcare practices charge a retainer fee that covers certain services, but not others (e.g. hospitalization, MRIs, etc.). Make sure you understand specifically what the fee covers and what it doesn't.

2. How will you take care of services that the retainer fee doesn't cover?

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4 Ridiculously Easy Wellness Tips for Kids

Sep 07, 2015 by Richard Stamps

Summer's fading fast, which means everyone will soon be on the go, thanks to crazy school and work schedules. Of course, one of the first things to nosedive once the stress of the season sets in is personal wellness. Don't let this happen! 

To help, here are four ridiculously easy wellness tips for kids (and two more for parents).

1. Play outside every day.

Yes, it sounds overly simple, but some of us need the friendly reminder. Researchers say that kids don't get enough outdoor playtime. According to the American Medical Association, children two and older should "participate in at least 60 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity physical activities every day that are developmentally appropriate and varied."

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Telemedicine: Pros and Cons

Aug 24, 2015 by Richard Stamps

Telemedicine—what is it, why does it matter, and what should you be aware of before diving in? Here are telemedicine pros and cons as we see it. 

What is telemedicine?

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) says, "Formally defined, telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology." 

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Why Doctors Make the Move to Concierge Medicine

Aug 17, 2015 by Richard Stamps

While every physician's reason to move to a concierge medicine model is uniquely their own, there are some overarching themes that we've seen. Here are some of the reasons.

1. The concierge medicine model allows physicians to spend more time with patients.

It's no secret that traditional healthcare models are based on volume, meaning the more patients a doctor sees in a day, the better—at least for the practice. Primary care physicians often carry a caseload of 2000+ patients, an unwieldy number that results in shorter and shorter visits.

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Don't Let Your Personal Wellness Plan Stress You Out

Jul 27, 2015 by Richard Stamps

Remember, your personal wellness plan is supposed to encourage you, not defeat you. Here's how to make sure it helps instead of hurts.

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4 Reasons Why House Call Doctors Are Making a Comeback

Jul 20, 2015 by Richard Stamps

A half century ago, it wasn't uncommon for doctors to make house calls. But by the 80s, this practice had fallen by the wayside along with other once-popular trends like go-go boots and granny glasses.

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Summer Health Tips: July is National Parks & Recreation Month

Jul 13, 2015 by Richard Stamps

Last month, it was all about safety. This month, it's National Parks and Recreation Month,

which means it's all about having fun! Help celebrate with these summer health tips that'll keep you moving, smiling, and laughing.

1. Embrace the obvious summer sports.

Swimming, beach volleyball, tennis, golf—all of these are great activities that get our bodies moving. The great thing is that so many of these activities don't feel like traditional exercise. They just provide lots of sweaty fun.

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Concierge Care Link Fest: More News You Can Use

Jul 06, 2015 by Richard Stamps

In March, we started a new tradition of sharing the latest and greatest news regarding concierge care and other health-related topics. Here's our next installment.

July is National Concierge Medicine Awareness Month. Started by Concierge Medicine Today, the goal of the month is to educate the public on concierge care, including its many benefits.

In case you haven't read enough stories about the millennial demographic, here are five millennial-driven healthcare trends. We thought this point was especially interesting: "One in five respondents overall called unexpected bills their top healthcare concern; moreover, millennials were most likely to ask for cost information upfront at 41 percent, compared to only 18 percent of seniors and 21 percent of boomers."

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5 Tips for Interviewing Concierge Care Physicians

Jun 30, 2015 by Richard Stamps

You've done your research and you love what concierge medicine has to offer. You know the next step is meeting with concierge care physicians so that you can find the right fit.

Here are five tips for conducting those all-important meet-and-greets.

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Shining the Spotlight on Dr. Teresa Saris

Jun 25, 2015 by Richard Stamps
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Medical School, Dr. Saris has been in practice and board certified in Internal Medicine since 1991. She is a native of Valley Forge and has provided medical care to the Mainline community for over 20 years.
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