Specialists at Your Service

We Do Know a Little Bit about a Lot…

Rubicon8As family practitioners we are expected to know a wide range of topics and health conditions.   And while we pride ourselves on knowing as much as we can about all things medical, it is impossible for us to know all the intricacies of specialty medicine.   We realize that a physician or colleague that focuses on one area of medicine has insight in that area that we might not have.

 

 

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Never fear at Direct Medical Care we have a team of hundreds of specialists available to us for consultation.

 

 

Rubicon MD

Over the past year we have been utilizing an online service called Rubicon MD.  It is an online eConsult platform that gives us access to hundreds of specialists and subspecialists in medicine.   What often takes three to six months to get consultation we can get in less than 24 hours.   Not to mention the cost to see that specialist after that long wait is estimated to exceed $200.

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Quality Care that is Timely

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I had an interesting case that had me puzzled and decided to ask the specialist via Rubicon MD for some input and guidance.   I put together the clinical history and data at 6PM and had a response by 9PM.   The patient’s case was reviewed and reassurance that we were managing things correctly with added precautions on what to do moving forward.

Better care for patients that is affordable and timely is another added bonus at Direct Medical Care.

 

Ann Riggs, DO

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Welcome Dr. Parker to the Team!

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On the eve of Dr. Parker’s first day in the clinic at Direct Medical Care I thought it only appropriate to share a little more information on her. Check out her bio:

Dr. Parker was born and raised in the Kansas City area.  She is one of six children of Dr. and Mrs. C. Phillip Pattison who reside in Weston, Missouri. After spending her freshman year of high school at Shawnee Mission Northwest she moved with her family to Rolla, Missouri where she graduated from Rolla High School in 2001. She returned to Kansas City later that year to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine. Upon graduation, she was chosen as the recipient of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Award. Dr. Parker spent one year at the University of Indiana Emergency Medicine Program in Indianapolis. After a year of Emergency Medicine training she chose to return to her passion for primary care medicine. She completed a residency in Family Medicine, followed by a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at St. Vincent Hospital. During her time in Indianapolis, Dr. Parker married her husband, Dr. Matthew Parker, and had three sons. Dr. Parker and her family returned to the Kansas City area in 2013 and they reside in Weston, Missouri.  She was employed as a Family Medicine physician at the Cerner Corporation through August 2017. During her time at Cerner she was the recipient of multiple patient service excellence awards. Dr. Parker chose to pursue a new path in medicine by joining Dr. Ann Riggs, Beckie Moore, and staff in her Direct Medical Care clinic in January 2018.  Dr. Parker is thrilled to be providing affordable, comprehensive, and most importantly, compassionate care for her patients. 

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Ann Riggs, DO and Staff

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Cori Then and Now…Transformation Tuesday

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Cori is an avid football fan and is loyal to our Kansas City Chiefs.  Last spring she set out on a transformation that has changed her life.

Not only does she look fantastic but she feels healthier and happier with her progress. She is a mother of three active children and is excited to be setting a good example for them by being healthier and taking care of herself.

Cori’s encouragement for others is to be prepared for hard work.  The results will not be instant and expect setbacks.  It really is about making small steps towards a bigger goal.

How did she do it?  Hard work.  Nothing compensates for hard work.  She began running and really watching her diet.  Her diet focus was not only about healthier choices but also portion control.   Cori has completed two half-marathons and has plans for more.

Go Cori and Go Chiefs!

 

Ann Riggs, DO

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When our model hits home–the proof is in the pudding.

 

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Pudding Proof

I recently had the opportunity to experience the pitfalls of my own commercial health
insurance.  I tell patients all the time “the proof is in the pudding.”  Well it was my turn to see how this pudding really was in the health insurance world.

 

 

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This past fall my daughter was hit with yet another bout of strep throat.  She has fought it throughout her young life.  At the age of seven I made the call to consult with one of my favorite ENT docs.  It was an easy decision that she would do better if we proceeded with tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

 

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I, like so many of my patients, have a high deductible plan that I have married with an HSA(Health Savings Account).  I knew the bulk if not all of the cost of the procedure would be my responsibility.  I did not hesitate to ask for cash pricing.

Insurance Negotiated Pricing vs Cash Pricing

Pricing for any surgical procedure needs to include the following fees:

  1.  Surgeon’s Fee
  2.  Anesthesiologist’s Fee
  3.  Surgical Facility’s Fee

INSURANCE NEGOTIATED PRICING:  

Surgeon $372.51
Anesthesiologist + Facility $2624.00
Total Cost $2996.51

CASH PRICING: 

Surgeon $402.50
Anesthesiologist $578.00
Facility $879.83
Total Cost $1860.33

FINAL PRICING AND SAVINGS:

I was actually able to pay the insurance negotiated pricing for the surgeon and the cash pricing for the anesthesiologist and the facility.  My final pricing was $1830.34 for the entire procedure.  And there lies the proof in the pudding:

Almost $1200 in Savings

Happy Healthy Kid at Great Cost Savings by Paying Cash

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Bear was Free!

Ann Riggs, DO

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