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   RE: Downsizing
 From: Melissa Weakland
 To: Member Forum
 Posted: 08-23-2017 15:50
 Message: I don't have experience with this question.  It does seem to me however that starting by asking your contract rep from one of your bigger insurers might not be too tricky.  If you see Molina patients, I can give you the contract rep information for them as I've been emailing with them.  For Regence and Premera I'd have to look it up.

Melissa Weakland MD
Ballard Neighborhood Doctors
Seattle WA
IMP since 2007
Original Message:
Sent: 08-21-2017 13:52
From: Deonne Brown-Benedict
Subject: Downsizing

For the first time since I opened 9 years ago, I am wondering if I should keep my business open.  I've lost a ton of patients from the Obamacare reforms, because I'm not in a big network.  I have seriously been considering opening just one day a week in a small space that allows me to do my new passion:  genetics, plus see some family practice patients.  But I'd like to be able to take insurance, and know that their contracts usually require the office be open 20 or more hours a week.  I am wondering if you now of any niche practices and how they made this work?  Do insurances ever allow for exceptions to their contracts?
Thank you for any contacts or information you might be able to provide,

Deonne Brown-Benedict
Charis Family Clinic
Edmonds, WA

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