Robert Andrew Smoley (aka B Andrew Smoley) Elaborates On Concierge Medicine Models. During a private healthcare event in Florida, Robert Smoley educated a group of distinguished attendees on the concierge medicine model.
Miami, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/06/2015 -- Robert Andrew Smoley (aka B Andrew Smoley), a recognized leader in the healthcare technology space, presented his thoughts on concierge medicine (also known as retainer medicine) and how it is currently being deployed. The increase in health care deductibles and the administrative complexities associated with Obamacare have made concierge medicine increasingly more attractive for patients and physicians, alike. Notwithstanding, concierge medicine remains a very "nichy" segment of the healthcare industry, but is likely to continue to grow over time as pressure on cost transparency and the administrative burdens of medical providers increase.
Speaking to the press, a media representative of Mr. Smoley said, "Concierge medicine allows physicians to operate on a cash-only basis with their patients. It helps them manage their patient loads, which gives both the doctor and patient more time to deal with the individual's personal needs." He further added, "There are a variety of levels of services offered by concierge medicine. Therefore, it is important to understand what is being offered when you sign up for this type of service. "
There are two basic models of concierge medicine: fee for care and the hybrid concierge model. With fee for care, medical services are provided for an annual retainer fee. While the doctor's fees may be covered under this type of care, lab work, x-rays and other types of medical services are not. These other services must be paid for by the patient. The patient with fee for care services usually obtains priority service, same day service, access to the doctor via text or cell phone and online consultations. The hybrid concierge model typically involves the physician charging a routine fee for services that are typically not covered by Medicare or health care insurance providers. Some of the services associated with the portion paid by the patient may include: annual physicals, wellness services, extended consultations, email access, and phone consultations. Physicians using the hybrid concierge model bill the insurance provider or Medicare for the services covered by them, while the other services are included in the concierge plan.
Robert Andrew Smoley has more than ten years of experience in the healthcare arena. He is well known for his work in the telemedicine field as the founder of MDLive (a cloud based service helping users to interact with health care professionals and board licensed therapists via a smart app on their computer or phone). B Andrew Smoley served as Chief Executive Officer of MDLive from 2006 to 2011. Smoley has also been associated with a number of enterprises that incorporate new technologies with traditional services.
About Robert Andrew Smoley (aka B Andrew Smoley)
Robert Andrew Smoley began his career as an attorney and later started a number of successful companies over the past thirty years. Smoley also worked as a trial lawyer and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978. In 1985, he was personally sworn in by Chief Justice Earl Warren to become a member of the United States to present cases before the Supreme Court Bar. Robert was also elected the Mayor of North Bay Village, Florida, and became one of the youngest elected mayors in the United States and he served from 1976 to 1982. From 2006 to 2011, he served as CEO of MDLive (an online company that provides access to board-licensed therapists and doctors using cloud technology).
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