October 10, 2007

Concierge Choice Physicians Expands into Sixth State

Concierge Choice Physicians™ (CCP), the largest national company offering a "hybrid" model of concierge medicine, today announced its expansion into New Jersey, its sixth state. Concierge Choice Physicians' rapid growth is due to its unique model for primary care medicine -- the ability for the doctor to combine a concierge choice with a traditional practice.

The hybrid model of concierge medicine offers the best of both worlds -- primary care physicians are able to provide more individualized, preventive care to patients while not turning their backs on traditional practice. Patients can choose the level of service they want from their physician.

"Primary care physicians are struggling to make their practices financially viable, to avoid burnout from long hours, and to provide the type of 'old fashioned' personalized care that patients want to receive and doctors want to provide," said Wayne Lipton, managing partner, Concierge Choice Physicians.

Addressing the physician shortage

To meet the healthcare needs of this nation, the number of primary care physicians must increase by 39 percent over the next 15 years. Already patients in many communities are having a hard time finding a primary care physician or even getting an appointment.

The hybrid concierge medicine helps physicians manage diminishing reimbursement and increasing costs by doing something other than squeezing more people into an already crowded schedule. Globally, it makes primary care professionally attractive again and will entice future physicians now in school to consider practicing primary care medicine.

"Today's reality is that it has become increasingly difficult to give patients the level of service and care that they want and need," said Dr. Murray Taylor, a family physician in Rancho Mirage, California. "Concierge medicine allows me to meet the individual needs of patients. It increases my quality time with my patients."

Of patients who select the concierge choice model, more than 95 percent continue with that model.

"We must restore the manageability and profitability to family practice and internal medicine so that today's physicians can remain in practice; and bright, committed new graduates will enter this field in greater numbers," said Lipton. "The combination concierge/traditional practice model makes this profession attractive again by rewarding excellence and strong patient relationships."

In addition to New Jersey, Concierge Choice Physicians also operates in California, New York, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida.

Concierge Choice Physicians

Concierge Choice Physicians™ is a private company headquartered in Rockville Centre, New York. Concierge Choice Physicians offers the only hybrid model of concierge medicine so doctors can practice traditional and concierge medicine within a single practice. Physicians never have to dismiss current patients and continuity of patient care is maintained. For more information, visit our website at www.choice.md or call 877-777-6625.