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Program to Help Retired MDs Enter Primary Care Is Interesting But What All Does the “No Strings Attached” Cover?

Posted Sep 07 2013 1:00pm

I’m sure there are probably quite a few MDs that would entertain imagethis idea and there’s the cost of the program, but some doctors I have spoken to can’t wait to retire to get away from the red tape, that being the insurance side of it, the pay for performance metrics, the constant hounding and focus on analytics.  You do have to address side of it too and when you see articles like the AAFP finding carriers paying doctors less than Medicare and with having to pay $7500 for the course, is there incentive here?  Again as I said “the red tape” is probably a big factor here with making such a decision. 

The AAFP Confronts United Healthcare On Reimbursements, Some Are Below Medicare Rates In Parts of the US–Payment Algorithms/Formulas Calculated Deep Within IT Infrastructures Do the Job

Then there’s also this with insurers looking at doctor’s pay for additional savings…

UnitedHealthCare Looks at Doctor’s Pay for Savings, Nothing New There Been Doing It for Years But Keep In Mind We Have the Annual Medicare Cut Fix on the Floor Again with Congress–Timing?

One doctor in California who fought hard to get patient claims paid actually won a lawsuit against Blue Cross so he could be back in network. 

Doctor Wins 3.8 Million Dollar Law Suit Against Anthem Blue Cross In California–He Was Turned Away for Challenging Denial of Patient Claims

You tell me, how many retired MDs would come back to work with the complexities, contracts and pressure we have out there today?  The idea of bringing some back of course to help with the shortage is a good ides but will it work?  As with anything too and this is all of us, with age we all have less patience as we age than we did when we are younger and that could be something else to think about here as far as having an impact on whether or not doctors will want to come out retirement if they don’t have to relative to their financial state.  Many independent physicians groups are no longer “independent” and are either run or owned by an insurance company or one of their subsidiaries.   Lot’s of action today with insurance subsidiaries and where a lot of the models and plans for the money side takes place with algorithms for profit today.  BD


The idea seems to be novel in the medical continuing education sphere.

After looking at the program’s website, Dr. George Mejicano, senior associate dean for education at Oregon Health & Science University, said he was not aware of any similar program in operation.

“I believe it is unique. I have not heard of another program like that,” Mejicano said.

He added that the direct involvement of Bazzo and Norcross, who are known for their work in the PACE program, help provide credibility.

“This is a legitimate group with high experience in physician assessment and they’re very well-known,” Mejicano said.

“A large percentage said they’d like to come back if they were part time, no nights, no weekends, no financial responsibilities such as paying for medical malpractice insurance, rent and overhead,” Glass said.

Glass is betting that his program, which costs $7,500, will appeal to surgeons and other types of specialists who have kept their licenses current in retirement and are itching for a chance to start seeing patients again on their own terms.

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