I have joined the Board of IMP because it has been very helpful to me in moving my practice to a place I find a find fulfilling and financially stable. IMP provides like minded physicians and others, an opportunity for sharing ideas and best practices and camaraderie. We all know primary care is undervalued in the current healthcare / insurance system. I appreciate the vision and advocacy work of the core founders and feel it is time to do my part.
I am a solo independent Family Physician in the Hudson Valley of Upstate New York.. Now, after 32 years, I have many warm long term relationships and still enjoy being involved in my patients care. We see new patients as well and welcome the opportunity to help them thru a very complex healthcare system. I have two part time employees, Rosemary and Rosalyn, and we have been together for over 20 years. We stress continuity and evidence based services. I use a paper chart / EMR hybrid.
It has taken time, mistakes and lessons learned. (IMP can help). We accept several insurances, including Medicare. All doctor visits are scheduled for 30 minutes. That leaves enough time for unhurried relationship building visits and room for acute add on appointments. Since we strive to meet our patients needs in the exam room and provide access between visits, we have very infrequent urgent after hours phone calls. Patients can also reach me via email.
We have learned to code appropriately, keep overhead low, and to bill a modest amount for so many of the services that we provide outside the exam room and in between visits, such as forms completion, phone and email access, telephone or email prescription refill requests, care management, etc. Patients value and respect my time and I strive to value their time and resources and meet their heath care needs. (Ask you fellow IMPers for their ideas.)
Balance in life is important. My office is two miles from my house. I start at 830 and am home by 4 to 5 PM. Our two children are grown, and that leaves time for 4 to 6 weeks vacation a year and my current hobbies of gardening, biking, chess, and a little travel. None of this would be possible without two pleasant and dedicated employees, and a coverage group of fellow MDs and NPs to support each other when our offices are closed.
IMP has been very helpful to me and I feel it can assist others who want an alternative to large corporate medical practice. But frankly, for the organization to continue to thrive, and to be there for you, it needs your support as well.