MDVIP Doctors Join Project Access and Palm Beach County Medical
Society to Provide Ongoing Wellness and Healthcare for Low-income,
“MDVIP deserves kudos for its efforts thus
far, and if it expands the program further, all the better.”—U.S.
News & World Report – Michelle
Edward Goldman heard about Project Access, a program designed to
provide emergency medical care for uninsured people in Palm Beach County
in late 2007, he wondered what happened to those patients after the
“We discovered that uninsured patients were
virtually discharged with no follow-up care once they had been treated
and stabilized,” says Dr. Goldman, CEO of the MDVIP
nationwide network of doctors specializing in preventive medicine. “Typically,
patients in the Palm Beach County program suffer from COPD, emphysema,
cataracts needing surgery, chronic hypertension, congestive heart
failure and related disease, all of which require a good deal of
follow-up. Without ongoing medical treatment, many emergency treatments
will become chronic events,” Dr. Goldman adds.
A few months later, MDVIP partnered with the Project
Access health service initiative in Palm Beach County to launch a
pilot program to provide not only follow-up care, but also an ongoing
healthcare and wellness program for the Project Access patients in Palm
Beach County, Florida.
“We believe preventive medicine is not only
good for the patients because it reduces health risks but also because
it relieves stress on the entire medical process by reducing hospital
visits and expensive emergency care,” says Dr.
Goldman. “We look forward to expanding the
pilot program beyond Florida and into other markets where we have MDVIP
While most primary care doctors have 2,000-3,000 patients, MDVIP doctors
limit their practices to about 600 patients in order to offer more
personalized and preventive healthcare. MDVIP patients pay a membership
fee of typically $1,500 annually for MDVIP’s
personalized healthcare, including a comprehensive annual evaluation
which includes the identification of risk factors which predict the
diseases a person is most likely to develop, based upon personal and
family history, genetics, lifestyle, habits and occupation. It includes
laboratory testing, EKG and screenings related to mental status,
exercise, nutrition and sleep; vision, hearing and pulmonary function
testing; and a review of all medication, with subsequent coordinated
wellness plan. The MDVIP Project Access pilot group will receive these
services at no charge.
“We are pleased to be working with MDVIP
physicians who will be donating their time and experience to give back
to the community through this new program,”
stated Jose F. Arrascue, M.D., President Palm Beach County Medical
Seven MDVIP affiliated physicians based in Palm Beach County have
already screened and placed 25 Project Access patients in their
practices. The preventive medicine pilot program will ultimately serve
about 200 Palm Beach County low-income, uninsured patients.
Additionally, MDVIP plans to develop essential data that shows how this
model can reduce costs to the system and improve healthcare for the
uninsured, as it has in MDVIP affiliated practices nationally.
The Palm Beach County Project Access was established in 2005 by the Palm
Beach County Medical Society to provide uninsured people whose annual
income is below 200% of the federal poverty level —
$20,800 for one person or $42,400 for a family of four —
with access to primary care physicians, specialists, diagnostic
facilities and hospitals.
MDVIP, Inc. is a privately-held firm, founded in 2000 and headquartered
in Boca Raton, Florida. It is a national network of physicians who
practice proactive, preventive and personalized healthcare, not just the
detection and treatment of disease. With prevention as the cornerstone
of its program, MDVIP has proven that it’s
carefully chosen affiliated physicians provide exceptional care and
achieve exceptional outcomes. These outcomes include lower
hospitalization rates. For more information, go to www.MDVIP.com.
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