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Wayne Lipton

Wayne Lipton

Wayne Lipton has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare and business, including the past seven years as founder and managing partner of Concierge Choice Physicians LLC. He has conducted hundreds of seminars on full-model and hybrid concierge practices. E-mail him here.

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When it comes to healthcare, new practice models seem to be cropping up daily. Some of these models are bumping into a seemingly intransigent force — large insurance companies.

TV shows portray concierge doctors at the beck and call of the very rich. Nothing could be farther from reality; concierge medicine is for a wider patient base.

It's not just physicians who are turning to concierge medicine; over the past few months a growing number of patients have also begun to embrace the model.

Direct pay medical practice models are sometimes confused with concierge care. But there are important differences to consider.

Doctors looking to sell their practices when they retire need to find ways to add value; hybrid concierge and its private revenue stream provide a solution.

A lot of physicians have considered concierge medicine in the past but hesitated; now is the time to reconsider.

Physicians can make mistakes when adopting new practice models on their own. Experts can help and should be considered.

Do you know what patients value? If considering a concierge medicine program, that will be a critical question to answer.

Joining a large group is tempting; but it may lead to less autonomy and in years to come, greater risk. Concierge programs can help offset loss of independence.

There's a myth that physicians aren't always good at business. But if they use the medical decision-making skills they have, they can be.

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