MDVIP Expands National Presence With First Primary Care Practice In North Dakota

PR Newswire | July 14, 2020

Dr. Michael Lillestol Opens MDVIP-Affiliated Practice in Fargo to Deliver Patient-Centered, Preventive Care

Boca Raton, Fla. – July 14, 2020 – MDVIP, the market leader in personalized healthcare, today announced the expansion of its national footprint with the opening of the first MDVIP-affiliated primary care practice in North Dakota. Fargo-based, board-certified internist Michael Lillestol, M.D., F.A.C.P., has joined the MDVIP network to deliver personalized, preventive medicine to patients in the Fargo-Moorhead area. In addition to being an experienced clinician, educator, and diagnostician, he is a five-time Gold winner of the North Dakota Diabetes Care Provider Achievement Award.

"As a longtime primary care physician in the Fargo community, my medical practice philosophy is embodied in the principle that 'prevention is better than cure,'" said Dr. Lillestol. "I'm pleased to be bringing the MDVIP model to North Dakota and helping patients achieve their best health by not only treating their existing medical concerns but preventing disease from ever developing."

"I'm excited to be part of the MDVIP network, which provides me the resources and support to offer families in the Texas Hill Country a healthcare experience that is truly personal," said Dr. Daley, who has been a family medicine physician for 20 years. "My medical training is rooted in a 'whole person approach' to patient health, and through collaboration and strong engagement with patients, I strive to look beyond their symptoms to identify lifestyle and environmental factors that can have a significant impact on their well-being."

"My approach to practicing medicine highlights three pillars of good health, which include assessing and reducing cardiovascular risk, optimizing hormone balance in men and women, and encouraging optimum nutrition for my patients," said Dr. Sneed. "As an MDVIP-affiliated physician in Austin, I am pleased to incorporate the personal care and attention that patients can expect from of a concierge-like practice, with the broad medical care that is the hallmark of family medicine."

Personalized Preventive Care
MDVIP-affiliated physicians maintain significantly smaller practices, which allows them to spend more time with patients and provide more individualized primary care compared to traditional practices. For an annual membership fee, each patient receives the MDVIP Wellness Program, a comprehensive yearly health assessment that includes advanced diagnostic tests and screenings to give a more complete view of the patient's overall health. Using the results, physicians provide coaching and tools to help patients make healthier lifestyle choices, prevent disease, and achieve their wellness goals.

Proven Health Outcomes
Published research supports the MDVIP model. Medicare patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices were admitted to the hospital 79% less than patients in traditional practices, and commercial patients were in the hospital 72% less, notes an American Journal of Managed Care study. This significant reduction in hospitalizations yielded a $300 million savings for Medicare in one year. Readmission rates for Medicare patients suffering heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia were dramatically lower than for non-MDVIP Medicare patients.

Smaller Practice, More Time
Other benefits of an MDVIP-affiliated practice include same or next-day appointments that start on time and last an average of 30 minutes. Physicians are reachable 24/7 by phone. If patients have an emergent need while traveling, their physician can help arrange care with a local hospital, pharmacy or doctor, which may include another MDVIP-affiliated physician. Demonstrating the value of the MDVIP model, patient satisfaction and annual membership renewals consistently exceed 90 percent.

About Michael Lillestol, M.D., F.A.C.P.  
Dr. Lillestol received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Lillestol is affiliated with Sanford Health, Essentia Health and Coblat Rehab Hospital. Also a registered pharmacist, he serves as Principal Investigator at Lillestol Research, LLC, and as a Professor of Medical Student Clerkships at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. For more information about Dr. Lillestol, visit


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