Summer 2012 Edition of Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine: We are very pleased to be featured in an article titled “Concierge Medicine-Specialized care that’s not just for the wealthy.” Archives of this magazine can be requested at www.pittsburghquarterly.com
ConciergeMedicineToday.com Releases It’s “Docs To Watch In 2012” In The Field of Concierge Medicine & Direct Primary Care —
By Michael Tetreault | Editor-In-Chief | Concierge Medicine Today
JANUARY 31st, 2012 – Concierge Medicine Today is pleased to announce that after careful review, the Editors at Concierge Medicine Today and The Concierge Medicine Research Collective have released its much anticipated list of “Docs to Watch In 2012.” This list of physicians is comprised of concierge, boutique, private-pay, direct primary care and retainer-based medical practices from across America and Canada.
Concierge Medicine Today chose only sixteen (16) physicians and/or practices’ in the concierge medicine and/or direct pay business model environment from across the U.S. and Canada. Those physicians include (in alphabetical order):
David L. Albenberg, MD-Charleston, SC
Carrie Bordinko, MD-Paradise Valley, AZ
Ellie Campbell, MD-Suwanee, GA
John Kihm, MD-Durham, NC
Sarah M. Gamble, MD-Greenwich, CT
Radley Griffin, MD-Tampa, FL
Donovan Kreutzer, MBChB-Calgary, Alberta CANADA
Shira Miller, MD-Los Angeles, CA
Michael O’Neal-Tampa Bay, FL
Gary Price, M.D., FACP-Fort Myers, FL
Ronald Primas, MD-New York, NY
Jennifer Pullano, MD-Charleston, SC
Homer Schreckengost, DO-Kittanning, PA
Marc Tanenbaum, MD-Atlanta, GA
Josh Umbehr, MD-Wichita, KS
S. Craig Veatch, MD-Indianapolis, IN
“It is rare that we recognize the individual medical practices and physicians,” said Michael Tetreault, Editor-In-Chief of Concierge Medicine Today. ” However, we feel it is very important to acknowledge certain medical practices and physicians that reflect and represent the care, value and benefits of this industry. We would like to congratulate each and every one of the physicians on this list as well as their staff and the many visioneering physicians not mentioned that are working tirelessly across the Globe to deliver exceptional healthcare to patients. We, at Concierge Medicine Today, are happy that physicians are having such great success with their business model and look forward to seeing it grow in the months and years ahead.”
Criteria for CMT Recognition Includes
(But is not limited to…)
Activity in Social Media Networks
Educational Efforts (ie. about concierge medicine)
New, Value-Added Services Inside Their Practice
Going the extra mile to make their practice different
East Franklin doctor specializes in ‘concierge medicine’
By Renatta Signorini, LEADER TIMES
Friday, November 26, 2010
Read more: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/leadertimes/news/s_711078.html
EAST FRANKLIN — There’s a lot of old-fashioned charm at Dr. Homer Schreckengost’s East Franklin farm.
From the 19th-century farmhouse to taking patients’ phone calls and scheduling appointments, Schreckengost’s methods are a throwback to the past. However, the olden times are making a comeback nationally, at least in the medical field.
“This is definitely the future of medicine,” he said.
Schreckengost will hold four educational sessions this week as the area’s first doctor specializing in “concierge medicine” — a patient-centered approach that gives patients complete access to their doctor around-the-clock either for in-home visits or appointments at his home office. Schreckengost used models created by Pittsburgh-area concierge doctors as a basis for his own — Physician Promise — to jump on board with a style of medicine that is spreading across the country.
A survey last year by the American Academy of Private Physicians showed an increase in concierge medicine practices in the past four years — 5,000 nationwide in 2009 compared to 500 in 2005. The survey predicted the amount of doctors in the field to be 17,000 by 2012.
“The theory makes sense … but why can’t we do that in rural Pennsylvania and why can’t we do that for everybody,” Schreckengost said.
Concierge medicine is “all about the patient” not the profit, he said. Schreckengost is hoping to have between 400 and 500 patients — a “manageable” figure, he said.
Clarion County resident Becky Radaker said the patient-centered approach appealed to her and her husband, Heber Radaker.
“We wanted to be able to have a physician that really knew us,” she said.
The Hovey couple had been patients at a doctor’s office that frequently changed physicians, she said, leading them to seek continuity with Schreckengost.
Physician’s Promise, at Speedmont Farm along Route 268, offers a wide variety of services, including over-the-phone treatment with traveling patients to accompaniment on consultations, along with routine or emergency visits.
“I envision myself as more of a patient advocate than as a physician,” Schreckengost said. “It’s a great combination of both.”
Everything Schreckengost said he needs for care from pediatrics to geriatrics — as well as minor surgery, routine gynecological exams and skin care — can be found in his 1,000-square foot office. A former garage has been transformed into his office with two patient rooms and he hopes to acquire an ultrasound in the future.
“It’s definitely much more like a boutique,” he said.
Like other concierge medicine practices, Schreckengost’s price model typically includes patients paying a flat out-of-pocket fee annually in exchange for all-hours access to their physicians in person, by phone or via text.
“You actually get me,” he said.
Schreckengost recommended that insured patients maintain health insurance, if they have it.
For rural health care, Schreckengost said he felt challenged to make the change.
“It took me a long time to kind of grasp the concept,” he said.
“My goal is to give people the best possible health care they can get,” he said. “And unless it’s centered around them, it’s not going to happen.”
A doctor of osteopathic medicine, Schreckengost is a county native who completed his residency at Clarion Hospital, after which he became intrigued with concierge medicine, a field that had been growing on the West Coast at that time.
Schreckengost has served as a hospitalist at Butler Memorial Hospital and will keep physician privileges at the facility.
Mike Cronin of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review contributed to this article.
by Jonathan Weaver
Dr. Homer Schreckengost offers a traditional-style of medicine right from his home or in yours.
Homer Schreckengost wants patients to feel at home when they visit him at his doctor’s office.
Schreckengost not only works out of his East Franklin Township home basement, but offers personalized health care through a new technique called “concierge medicine.” He can perform many treatments, offers weekend and evening appointments and even makes house calls to make sure patients deserve personal attention.
Schreckengost, 35, said he enjoys knowing patients by name.
“I envisioned going to medical school and being a country doc and knowing my patients, so if I pass Mr. Smith on the street, I’d be able to say hello, and in a practice of 5,000 active charts and seeing 70 people a day, I couldn’t even tell you what I was doing at the end of the day, let alone knowing my patient’s names.”
“This way, I know everyone really well,” Schreckengost said. “It truly is being a personalized physican.”
Schreckengost began practicing out of his home in January, but didn’t always. In 2004, he worked as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Clarion Hospital and in New Bethlehem with a full caseload and a long work week, but felt the personalized attention was lost in the cycle.
“That’s what I always dreamed of – having this big booming practice. But, then I thought, maybe it’s not all it’s cracked up to be,” Schreckengost said.
He hopes to eventually treat 400-500 patients.
Not only does Schreckengost work under a different system of care, he works under a different system of payment. An adult patient pays $100 per month – no insurance needed – for up to ten visits or treatments a month. Many specialist-needed treatments are also available, including blood draws, laceration repairs and intravenous fluids.
Child patients are also accepted.
Schreckengost said concierge medicine will someday be the norm around town.
“It’s definitely going to be the future of medicine – rurally speaking, we are way ahead of the concept,” Schreckengost said.
The pay structure allows Schreckengost to treat low, moderate and high income patients at their convenience – including same- or next-day visits – whether that is during office hours or during the middle of the night. He will also accompany patients to specialist appointments if they are necessary.
That commitment surprised some patients and Schreckengost said he feels appreciated.
“The respect from the patient-side has been unbelievable,” Schreckengost said. “I have been very impressed – people really do respect my time.”
Schreckengost and his wife, Kelly, moved back to Speedmont Farm in 2006 and, not only made it home, but the doctor’s office. He said it has made him adjust time with his family slightly, but because of being used to a hospital shift anyway, he isn’t stressed.
After moving back to the farm, Schreckengost joined Butler Hospital and asked for their input on the revolutionary method. He admits the change initially scared him.
“This is probably the biggest leap I had to ever make in my profession,” Schreckengost said.
Schreckengost said his faith helped him make that leap.
“I feel that’s the basis of why I started my practice because it was all about practicing medicine the way God would want me to practice it – not just going to work everyday and filing through a bunch of people,” Schreckengost said. “For me, it was about doing my job the way He would expect me to do it, and in traditional practice, that’s very hard.”
An American Association of Private Physicans member, Schreckengost modeled his practice off a Philadelphia practice, Revolutionary Health Services, led by Dr. Charles Whitney.
Schreckengost also offered four public information sessions last fall to explain “concierge medicine” and answer questions.
Because of his work with the Amish community, Schreckengost offers herbal and supplemental care to treat patients naturally.
Schreckengost graduated in 2001 from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.