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Stephen Schimpff, MD

Columbia, Maryland
Graduate of Yale Medical School, Yale New Haven Hospital internal medicine residency, 13 years at the National Cancer Institute and remainder of career at the University of Maryland Medical System and School of Medicine. Professor of medicine and public policy. COO of multiple hospital system and... Full Bio
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Concierge Medicine – For the Masses or the Elite? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Is concierge medicine (also known as direct primary care, retainer-based, membership) for everyone or is it just for the rich, the 1%? Most people assume it is ... Read on »
Saving Relationship Medicine with Direct Primary Care by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The fundamental problem in health care delivery today is a highly dysfunctional payment system that leads to higher costs, lesser quality and reduced satisfacti ... Read on »
Solving the Crisis in Healthcare Requires Solving the Crisis in Primary Care by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There is a crisis in the provision of primary care in the United States. If you are a patient, a primary care doctor, an insurer, an employer or a policy maker, ... Read on »
Most Medical Decisions Are Not Risk Free by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Interpreting Your Benefits and Risks of Medical Decisions Patients and doctors need to be a team in making important health care decisions. Good decision makin ... Read on »
As A Physician Do You Have Adequate Financial Expertise? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Book Review – Physicians (and dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health care providers) need to understand money but most have limited financial experti ... Read on »
A Humble Opinion by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Book Review - Readers of my posts know that I am a strong advocate for primary care and especially a primary care physician (PCP) that provides each patient wit ... Read on »
Curing Medicare by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Book Review.This might seem like a curious title for a blog post but it reflects a very serious national need. Medicare is the central method for financing medi ... Read on »
Aging Gracefully Part 4 Comprehensive Primary Care For The Elderly by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Comprehensive primary care is essential to good health, wellness and needed medical care during our elder years. It is critical to Aging Gracefully. In the ... Read on »
Aging Gracefully – Part 3 The Importance of Comprehensive Primary Care by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Most people misunderstand what constitutes really good primary care.  We can slow the aging process with appropriate life style and behaviors as discussed in my last p ... Read on »
Aging Gracefully – Part 2 Slowing The Aging Process by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Can we slow the aging process?  The answer is a definite yes and it all has to do with our lifestyles and behaviors.  Here is a quiz.  What percent of Americans can a ... Read on »
Aging Gracefully – Part 1 by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It is possible to slow the aging process.  No there is no Fountain of Youth and no, there is no pill that’s been discovered.  It’s all about lifestyle and this ... Read on »
Why Do I Only Get 10 Minutes With My Doctor? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Good question. You call for an appointment and are told it will be about 20 days. You arrive on time only to sit in the apt named waiting room for 40 minutes. F ... Read on »
Reframing the Question of Doctor Frustration by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There has been a lot of interest in the Daily Beast article written by Dr Daniela Drake, about very frustrated primary care physicians (PCP.) She quoted both ... Read on »
The Value of Integrative Medicine in Primary Care by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Beginning with a deep understanding of medical science and years of training and experience, the primary care physician (PCP) needs to delve deeply into the pat ... Read on »
Frustrations Among Primary Care Physicians Should Be a Wakeup Call by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Primary care physicians (PCPs) are incredibly frustrated. This level of frustration should be a wakeup call. The greatest frustration is “Time, time, time”- or ... Read on »
What Are the Characteristics of a Good Primary Care Physician? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy PCPs like people. This was true of them long before they started medical school and it will have only blossomed further during training. Ask PCPs, as I have wit ... Read on »
Time - The Impediment to Being a Good Primary Care Doctor by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Did you get more than a few minutes with your doctor at your last visit? Probably not. Why not? Not enough time. The primary care physician (PCP) is the most ... Read on »
The Doctor’s Customer Is The Insurer - Shouldn't It Be The Patient? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy You the patient are really not the customer of your primary care physician. Since the insurer will determine whether and how much the physician will be paid for a ... Read on »
The Paradox In American Healthcare by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy We have a real paradox in American healthcare. On the one hand we have exceptionally well educated and well trained providers who are committed to our care. We ar ... Read on »
Lack of Listening is the Core Problem in American Health Care by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Crisis in Primary Care – Part 4 There is and will be a need for many more primary care physicians (PCPs).Why? There is a shortage now and it will be exacer ... Read on »