Landmark Study Finds MDVIP Reduces Hospital Utilization and Healthcare Costs

For patients hoping a better relationship with their primary care doctor will make them healthier and keep them out of the hospital, the evidence is in. A landmark new study of personalized, preventive primary care medicine finds that a model like MDVIP can significantly reduce hospital visits and costs. Patients say it even improves their quality of life.

The two-year study explored preventive healthcare’s ability to improve outcomes by creating a closer, personalized physician-patient relationship and focusing on disease prevention for Medicare Advantage.

It’s long been known that patients of MDVIP (Value In Prevention) -affiliated physicians often enjoy improved care at greater savings to the healthcare system. This includes heightened attention to heart disease, diabetes, COPD, obesity and other chronic illnesses.

When compared to their counterparts in traditional primary care practices, the 2,300 MDVIP patients studied enjoyed a host of tangible, life-changing and financial benefits. In the first year alone, there was a 20% reduction in emergency room visits for MDVIP members, as compared to non-members. The second year of the study saw a reduction of 24%. The study also found a 19% decrease in the number of inpatient admissions for MDVIP members over the course of two years, when compared to their counterparts in traditional primary care practices.

This study proves that the MDVIP model alone can achieve remarkable outcomes. Layer in the physician component, and the results are even greater.

The MDVIP model also was shown to have saved some $3.7 million in reduced medical utilization for the 2,300 MDVIP Medicare Advantage patients over two years. Savings were $86.68 per patient per month in year one, and $47.03 per patient per month in year two, compared with patients who did not join an MDVIP practice.

The implications for older populations are clear, says Dr. Andrea Klemes, the Chief Medical Officer of MDVIP, who helped conduct the peer-reviewed study.

“As more and more people enter into Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans, MDVIP is a great option for patients,” reports Dr. Klemes, who worked with fellow researchers Shirley Musich, PhD; Michael Kubica, MBA, MS; Sara Wang, PhD; and Kevin Hawkins, PhD. “We have proven that we identify early health risk, utilize more preventive services and have better patient outcomes than conventional medicine.”

The new research, conducted by UnitedHealth Group division OptumInsight and appearing in the August 2014 issue of American Journal of Managed Care, is consistent with other published findings.

“MDVIP physicians have demonstrated significant cost savings versus a control group of conventional practices,” the Journal previously noted in 2012.

The study showed that patients who transitioned with their physicians into an MDVIP model capped at 600 patients, as opposed to the 3,000 patients of the average physician, received better-managed and more preventive care, especially for chronic diseases. They also enjoyed greater healthcare savings.
8 Comments
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May 21st, 2016
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Marilee Sites
May 20th, 2016
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MDVIP
May 23rd, 2016
Greetings Marilee,

We’re glad you found this blog helpful. As for the IRS 940, you could try this PDF -- https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i940.pdf

In Good Health,
MDVIP

Bonnie Watkins
Oct 17th, 2014
I have nothing but good things to say about my MDVIP PCP, Dr. Fred Bishop. When my deceased husband was suffering in the last 3years of his life Dr. Bishop could not have been more available and caring than he was. He was always at the hospital everyday my husband was an inpatient. During my appointments Dr. Bishop is always present, attentive and eager to review what we addressed in my last visit. He is an intuitive listener and quick to complement and appreciate my effort to remain healthy in my senior years. He has been my doctor for 15+ years but since he affiliated with MDVIP it has just gotten better and better. Bonnie
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MDVIP
Oct 23rd, 2014
Greetings Bonnie,

Thank you for sharing your personal testimony with us, Bonnie. We're sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, however it is comforting to know that your husband received such personalized and compassionate care from Dr. Fred Bishop. We're always pleased to hear how he, like all of our MDVIP-affiliated doctors, is so attentive and collaborative in your wellness. Also, thank you for telling us how your experience has noticeably improved since Dr. Bishop became an MDVIP-affiliated doctor, offering an even higher level of personal care. Once again, thank you for sharing your story with us all.

In good health,
MDVIP

John Marshall
Oct 17th, 2014
To Molly: I hope you're getting kissed because you are definitely getting scr__ed. My wife and I, and others that I know, have exactly the opposite experience. I've actually used this Dr. in the past and though I liked his ability, the conditions you describe definitely prevailed. But not since he became part of the MDVIP program. No more McSessions, or waiting for appointments or wondering about results, etc. You need to complain to MDVIP about you're PCP, because he is not giving you what you are paying for.
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MDVIP
Nov 5th, 2014
Greetings John and Molly,

Thank you both for sharing your experiences with MDVIP. We’re always interested to know what’s happening out there in our MDVIP-affiliated practices. John, yours is what we always expect to hear – that you’re receiving the personalized attention of the doctors and the staff combined. Molly, we’re sorry to hear of your experiences. One of our dedicated MDVIP team members will be contacting you directly to understand your exact circumstances. Until we get this resolved, please accept our sincere apologies and know that we will work together with your doctor’s practice to ensure you are receiving the high-quality attention you deserve and expect with your membership.

In good health,
MDVIP

Diane Joy Walden
Oct 17th, 2014
My truly wonder Dr. Shannon R. Schrader has made such a difference with MDVIP... He was this before but he has time to spend with such fabulous care of me... I love the newsletters... Anything you put out helps me... Without my special Doc I know I have that attitude that I do it all what he says.. I know he is working hard to be my best asset... We work on me together... Key to do...:).
molly
Oct 16th, 2014
Perhaps my doctor was always better than most, but I do not find it any easier to get a appt. Or to put it another way, the front office is still as much of an advance guard, with so many questions, etc. Guilt still plays a role in my asking for appts, etc.
Bonnie Jordan
Oct 16th, 2014
i find that my doctor seems more in tune with my care, which gives me more faith in my ongoing medical care.
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MDVIP
Oct 17th, 2014
Thank you to Vada, Bonnie and Diane for taking time to comment about the recent study results that confirm what we attest to here at MDVIP – that our personalized, preventive care medicine promotes a proactive relationship with an MDVIP-affiliated doctor who gives members, like you three, the extra time and attention to help live healthier lives. In-depth consultations, comprehensive screenings and advanced testing not only help improve health outcomes, they also significantly reduce hospital visits and costs. We appreciate the more than 200,000 members who trust MDVIP and our affiliated doctors to collaborate with them, like you three, to help improve their quality of life.

In good health,
MDVIP

Vada smith
Oct 16th, 2014
Good information. Thanks
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