SUGAR LAND, Texas--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--To create a more patient-centered medical practice emphasizing prevention, wellness and personalized care, Dr. Jonathon Shaffer of Sweetwater Medical Associates, recently announced his transition to a concierge medical practice, developed by industry pioneer Concierge Choice PhysiciansTM (CCP).
“Concierge medicine gives me the opportunity to practice medicine in a way that is better for physicians and patients.”
The transition to the concierge practice model will take place over a 12 to 18 month period ensuring a seamless move for patients and the practice. Existing and prospective patients interested in moving to the concierge program can join at any point. Those who do not wish to join can move to their choice of three other experienced physicians or nurse practitioners already with Sweetwater Medical Associates.
While just a few months into the program, Dr. Shaffer notes he is already getting back to the kind of one-on-one personal relationships that first drew him to medicine. “What patients want – and what I want to provide - is more emphasis on prevention, wellness and personalized care; you can’t do that in today’s standard 7 to 9 minute appointment,” he says. “Concierge medicine gives me the opportunity to practice medicine in a way that is better for physicians and patients.”
Wayne Lipton, founder of CCP agrees. “Patients miss the days when a physician knew them and their family by name, not as a member ID. Doctors want to provide that traditional style of personalized care, but they just can’t in today’s volume-based healthcare practice, where patients often don’t even see the same provider at each visit. Concierge medicine offers an option physicians and patients prefer.”
With the CCP Transitional program, patients keep their existing insurance. The fee averages about $150 a month, and includes a range of personalized services not covered by traditional insurance. For example, Dr. Shaffer offers an executive physical that retails for $2,500, nutrition and diet counseling as well as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Patients also receive more emphasis on preventive care, same or next-day appointments, an unhurried office visit, less waiting time, and direct after-hours access to their physician via a private phone line. All told, the annual fee more than covers the services provided, providing real value for patients.
Dr. Shaffer’s medical practice, Sweetwater Medical Associates, is located at 16651 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land. For more information visit http://jonathonshaffer.choice.md/. For more information on the Concierge Choice program created by Concierge Choice Physicians, please visit www.choice.md.
About Concierge Choice Physicians
Dedicated to providing real options for patients and physicians, Concierge Choice Physicians™ is the largest private provider of the full range of concierge programs available today – Hybrid, Transitional and Full-Model. CCP is also the industry’s second largest concierge medicine company overall. The company provides an innovative, flexible and affordable model proven to work in medical practices of any size – from solo physicians to large medical practice corporations – both independent and affiliated with hospitals or health systems. Headquartered in Rockville Centre, NY, the company works with medical practices in 23 states. For more information, visit www.choice.md or call 877-888-5590.