Tag: Still Point Medical

Saving Small Business $$$

The Backbone is Breaking

So often we hear that small business is the “backbone” of the nation. It’s a politician’s favorite catch-cry.

The backbone, however, is breaking under the stress of escalating expenses and crippling costs, despite the glib promises of tax relief. And, one of the most pressing issues for small business owners and their employees is the cost of health care.

We’re not just talking about the ever-rising costs of premiums, which have just risen again by an average of 20 percent (when was the last time earnings went up that much in a year?), but the toll that sick employees and employers can take on a business.

There’s a new trend that takes on both these issues: Direct Primary care partnering with small business. And it’s good not only for the health of small business owners and their employees, but for the financial health of the small business as well.

Here’s How It Works

Employers select less expensive, high-deductible insurance premiums for themselves and their workers. Then, they contract with a Direct Care doctor to provide 24/7/365 access to primary medical care – including visits to the workplace if needed.

Imagine that.

After work. At work. Evenings. Weekends. On the way to work. The Direct Care primary doctor is there when you need her to be.

An employee with a sinus infection. He can call his doctor and receive care that day, that moment, without having to miss work or wait hours at the Urgent Care.

An employer with bronchitis. She doesn’t have to wait to be treated. She can consult her Direct Care doctor by phone and be seen on her schedule. 

An Affordable Investment

Direct care is affordable for small business, especially when we think of time as money. At Still Point, our flat fee rate of $60/month per person (with a recommended employer-employee contribution of 70:30) covers an annual wellness exam and up to six consultation visits per year.

In combination with a high-deductible insurance plan, Direct Care is good for your business. Preventive care – and care when it’s needed – can go a long way in helping prevent more serious medical problems.  Keeping your workers and yourselves as employers healthy is a good investment for them, for you, and for your business.

Look up a Direct Care Primary practice or physician today and ask them about the services they can provide in partnership with your small business.

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Álvaro Serrano

Doctors Go Retro for Adult Autism

There’s a new hashtag, and it’s one a long time coming: #autisticadultsmatter.

Autistic adults are frequently part of the “lost generation,” so-called because adults on the autism spectrum do not receive the same levels of support or interest as their child counterparts.

Using the comparison “counterpart” in itself is also not accurate. Autistic adults, given the state of autism even as a diagnosis 15 or more years ago, received none of the support autistic children are given today. Autistic adults are more likely, as a group, to be depressed, to have suicidal thoughts, and to be vastly under-employed — mostly as a result of striving (often at enormous mental cost) to survive, unassisted, in an ostensibly alien NT world.

One way this alien NT world manifests is in the family medical practice clinic. This is why the Makarov Foundation generously donated funds to the Mount Sinai Adult Autism Clinic in Miami Beach, Florida.

Clinics such as Mount Sinai and our own Still Point Medical recognize that adults on the autism spectrum matter. And, a traditional model of family medical care — with its fast-paced, sensory-loud, and definitively un-accommodating environment — does little to assist the autistic adult.

Still Point Medical has taken the challenge and opened what we believe to be the first adult autistic-friendly family medical clinic in New Mexico — and we’ve done it, so far, without any generous donations.

We believe in the need to serve adults on the autistic spectrum, and know that neurotypical patients also can benefit from the calm environment, unhurried pace, and sensory-friendly nature of Still Point, not to mention a genuine understanding and appreciation of adults on the autism spectrum.

We’re often asked “do you see autistic children”? While we value the work being done with ASD children and continue to consider opening Still Point as a “bridge to adulthood” for late-teens, our primary focus and concern is caring for the “lost generation” of autistic adults.

The Albuquerque Journal wrote a recent piece on Still Point and we invite you to take a look at it.

We also invite you to notify friends and family in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area about Still Point — and also lobby in your own area to perhaps convince a medical practice to set up (or adapt) with similar goals.

And, if you happen to know an organization like the Makarov Foundation that may have as its goals, also, concern for autism in adulthood, please pass along this post!

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Tranquil Japanese garden … not the typical waiting room!

Why Still Point?

DRINK ME REDStill Point is medicine, done differently.

A private, Direct Care practice that costs less than a daily latté, Still Point is a good fit if you are a patient who wants to:

  • Have 24/7 access to your own doctor
  • See your doctor the same or next day
  • Be asked “how can we help?” — not “what’s your insurance?
  • Spend more time talking with your doctor
  • Know exactly what your medical costs will be

Direct Care is a different way of practicing medicine. It’s a lot like the way it used to be. It’s called “direct care” because there is a direct relationship between you as the patient and your doctor. There is no insurance and no corporate medical model. You pay a membership fee, or pay-per-service, and this opens the door to your doctor 24/7.

Because the practice size is kept small, you receive individualized care. Your doctor has time to listen and respond to your health care needs and concerns. You can set same-day or next-day appointments. You can also talk with your doctor by phone, email, or even Skype.

Direct Care is all about access to your physician. It is not insurance and does not substitute for insurance. Many Direct Care patients can save on health premiums, however, by choosing a high deductible insurance for catastrophic health care and then pay for their day-to-day medical care with Direct Care services.

It’s a funny thing about insurance. As Samir Qamar MD, founder of MedLion, observed: Insurance “is in the business of risk management via coverage for rare, expensive events. Nearly every industry in this country uses insurance in this manner — except health care.”

Medical care in this country has changed, and good healthcare is no longer something we can take for granted. Mike Huckabee, in a 2014 keynote speech, made a rather grim prediction about medicine, stating that in the future “basic family physicians will either be in concierge [Direct Care] medicine or ‘God help you medicine’.”

Steven D. Knope MD, author of Concierge Medicine, is even more direct: “You cannot simply pay an insurance premium anymore and expect good healthcare. You must take things into your own hands.”

Your health is at the heart of all that you do. It’s an important investment in yourself.