Study: MDVIP Wellness Plan Exceeds National Standards for Patient Satisfaction, Preventive Medicine, and Chronic Conditions
December 20, 2012|
Patients seeking treatment for chronic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular and heart disease, high cholesterol, or wanting more attentive involvement by their primary care physicians in such recommended preventive care as blood work, mammograms and colonoscopies, find that the personalized medicine service MDVIP delivers high-level care that outperforms the national standard.
Data from a recent study proves the MDVIP personalized medicine / primary care model helps patients stay healthy. Members enjoy better care and improved clinical outcomes from preventive healthcare services and providers, compared to national health plans.
Among the most compelling findings:
- 96% of MDVIP members with heart disease or cardiovascular conditions had LDL-C cholesterol screenings performed (versus the 84%-89% National Health Plan Benchmark).
- 69% of MDVIP patients were at cholesterol goal with an LDL under 100 (versus 37%-52%).
- 83% of MDVIP diabetic patients had blood pressure at less than 140/90 (versus 50%-65%).
Regarding preventive screenings:
- 93% of MDVIP patients with Medicare and 79% of MDVIP patients with commercial insurance received mammograms (versus 65%-70%).
- 90% of MDVIP Medicare patients received DXA Bone Density Scans for Osteoporosis (versus 68%-73%).
- 82% of MDVIP Medicare patients and 76% of MDVIP commercial insurance patients received colonoscopies (versus 41%-62%).
The findings are reported in “A Personalized Preventive Care Model versus a Traditional Practice: Comparison of HEDIS Measures,” a new study published in the December issue of International Journal of Person Centered Medicine.
MDVIP members experience more attentive care from physicians who serve no more than 600 patients. This allows physicians to focus on prevention and wellness, including care of acute concerns, chronic condition management and preventive screening to prevent or combat diabetes, heart disease and cholesterol, while also ensuring such vital screenings as blood work, mammography and colonoscopy.
The question of time and attention becomes more poignant as primary care physicians must treat and screen, on average, 2,500 patients for various diseases. As many physicians nationwide have found, it’s virtually impossible to deliver both preventive and acute care under the traditional model.
“The MDVIP model takes the impersonalization out of medicine and allows for the doctor-patient relationship to flourish,” said Dr. Andrea Klemes, Medical Director, MDVIP. “This is the kind of care that doctors want to deliver and patients want to receive, and as demand increases and healthcare expenses continue to rise…MDVIP is part of the solution.”
A high-value model like that available from MDVIP empowers the consumer. The model places greater focus on preventive services, increased physician availability, and coordination of care with specialists and other healthcare resources. The smaller practice size enables affiliated physicians to deliver each patient a higher level of care– often with the convenience of no-wait, same-day appointments. Doctors even can be reached 24/7 by cell phone.
“The data in this study is compelling because it shows that the MDVIP model is doing a better job of addressing diseases that are leading causes of death in our country,” said Dr. Lawrence Gassner, an MDVIP-affiliated physician in Phoenix, AZ, who participated in the study. “We do that by identifying patients’ risks earlier and customizing a plan of care to helping them enjoy longer, healthier lives.”
“A Personalized Preventive Care Model versus a Traditional Practice: Comparison of HEDIS Measures” was based on a chart review of 15 MDVIP-affiliated physicians in Arizona and showed results that beat Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures and the top 10% of national HMO and PPO benchmarks for clinical outcomes and preventive screenings. Click here to read more about the study.