Patient Credits Her MDVIP-Affiliated Doctor With Improving Health And Dodging Expensive Emergency Department Visit

“Rebecca When Rebecca Champion met her MDVIP physician Dr. Jacqueline Pearson, she frankly didn't know what to expect. She had spent more than 20 years in the same primary care practice before her physician stopped taking insurance. Then Champion was passed onto another doctor. In all, she bounced around to four primary care physicians before she finally saw Dr. Pearson, who is based in Alpharetta, Ga., just north of Atlanta. 

What she discovered at that first appointment surprised her. "The first time I saw Dr. Pearson, she had already read my extensive chart and was ready with questions," says Champion, a resident of Cumming, Ga. "Unheard of!"

The relationship took off. Champion has been a patient of Pearson for four years now. The proactive physician has helped Champion focus not just on her ailments but on a path to better health. “Before I started seeing Dr. Pearson, I was sedentary and overweight. Now I’m at the gym nearly every day. I’m losing weight and I’m much healthier.”

When Dr. Pearson joined MDVIP in 2015, Champion stayed in her practice. "If she thought it worthwhile, then so did I. It has been amazing. My appointments have all been on the same day that I requested them, and her staff is quick, friendly and professional."

The move to MDVIP has even helped Champion save money on healthcare. When Champion returned home from a recent business trip, she developed a bad nose bleed. She couldn’t stop the profuse bleeding. She was headed to the emergency room when she remembered she could contact Dr. Pearson directly. “I texted her and she responded immediately,” Champion says.

Within a few minutes, Dr. Pearson and Champion were able to get the bleeding to stop—without a trip to the emergency room. “If I had gone to the emergency room, I would have had to pay a hefty copay, they would have wanted x-rays and other tests. It would have cost me hundreds of dollars. I would have lost sleep and a day of work. A little episode didn’t turn into an event.” Dr. Pearson has also helped coordinate care for Champion, arranging for an x-ray and calling with the results when Champion was injured on a road trip. 

“It’s almost like she’s able to practice medicine the old fashioned way,” Champion says. “Doctors knew their patients and really knew what was going on with them.”

Dr. Pearson has worked with Champion on a personalized health plan, and she’s been there every step of the way to encourage her. “If she doesn’t hear from me in a couple of weeks, she’ll text me,” Champion says. She’s even helped her with her diet, texting encouragement and checking up on what Champion is eating.

“I’ve got a long way to go, but I will definitely get there - and largely due to the caring involvement of Dr. Pearson!” Champion says.
Bob Gannoe
Sep 22nd, 2016
Have been a member for a year plus with Dr Barry Schumer in Lexington KY and am very pleased with the program
1 Reply
Sep 23rd, 2016
Greetings Bob.

Thank you very much. We’re happy to read that you are pleased with Dr. Schumer and our program.

In good health,

Lynn Duvall
Sep 21st, 2016
Congratulations to Ms. Champion and Dr. Pearson. Both of you made great choices, didn't settle for "the way things are," and are making the most of an opportunity. My comment is about the unstoppable nose bleeds. When my Mom was in her late 80's, she started having similar nosebleeds. They were scary, never convenient, and didn't respond to nose pinching, a frozen face mask, etc. Cauterizing was mentioned as a possibility. Then someone thought about lack of humidity in her apartment. She put a few jars of water on windowsills, and I got her an electric mini-waterfall. No more nosebleeds. If your business trip involved an airplane (notorious for ultra-dry air), that might have been the trigger. On your next plane trip, in addition to staying hydrated, It might help to have with you a squirt bottle of saline solution, along with lots of tissues to catch the drip. MDVIP doctors have time to ask about the little things that can make a big difference.
Mary Gantt
Sep 20th, 2016
I am on Medicare and have a supplement with blue cross /shield
I pay $300.00 each month for the supplement.
I have to get help otherwise cannot keep coverage,
valerie burton
Jun 9th, 2016
i have blue cross and medicare insurance. how does insurance play a role in mdvip ?
1 Reply
Jun 9th, 2016
Greetings Valerie,

A membership in an MDVIP-affiliated practice is compatible with most PPO, POS and HMO health insurance plans and Medicare. The MDVIP annual fee covers services provided by an MDVIP-affiliated physician that are not reimbursed by Medicare or health insurance. However, your Medicare Part B coverage and insurance co-pays will continue to work with your affiliated physician as they currently do for services unrelated to MDVIP’s Annual Wellness Program such as office visits, hospital stays and visits to specialists. We’d love to talk to you. If you have more questions, please feel free to call us toll-free at 1-866-948-6357, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 10 pm Eastern Time.

In Good Health,
Apr 28th, 2016
I have premera blue shield. Is it ok
1 Reply
May 2nd, 2016
Greetings Juliet,

A membership in an MDVIP-affiliated practice is compatible with most PPO, POS and HMO health insurance plans. We’re happy to discuss your specific health plan with you. Please call us toll-free at 1-866-948-6357 Monday through Friday from 9 am to 10 pm Eastern.

In Good Health,

Catherine Hockenberry
Apr 18th, 2016
What is the cost Does my Humana cover this
1 Reply
Apr 20th, 2016
Greetings Catherine,

Membership costs vary based on location; however, the average is $1,800/year. Most PPO, POS and HMO health insurance plans are compatible with a membership in an MDVIP-affiliated practice. We’re happy to discuss your specific health plan with you. Please call us toll-free at 1-866-948-6357 Monday through Friday from 9 am to 10 pm Eastern.

In Good Health,

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