Proven Primary Care Health Outcomes for Patients
There are many reasons to join an MDVIP-affiliated practice: Conveniences like same- or next-day appointments; visits that start on time and last as long as you need; a close relationship with a physician who really knows you and your health needs. Add to that list: A model that’s been proven to work.
Studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals show patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices are hospitalized and readmitted less often, visit urgent care centers and emergency rooms less often, receive more preventive services and have better control of chronic diseases than patients in traditional practices.
Advanced cardiovascular screening
MDVIP-affiliated doctors are also finding more patients at risk for serious cardiac events. In a study of 95,000 patients, researchers found MDVIP-affiliated doctors identified 40% more people at risk for heart attack or stroke than standard cholesterol tests. The study, published in the journal Future Cardiology, highlighted tests in MDVIP’s Wellness Program, which use a multimarker approach to measuring heart disease risk. This approach is important—50 % of heart attacks occur in people who have normal cholesterol levels.
Fewer emergency room and urgent care visits
In addition to fewer hospitalizations, patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices are also less likely to use an emergency room or an urgent care center than patients in traditional primary care practices, according to a study published in Population Health Management in 2016. Healthcare costs for patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices were also less over the three-year term of the study.
Fewer hospital admissions
Preventable hospitalizations are a common problem, especially among older adults. MDVIP-affiliated primary care practices are producing real results in preventing unnecessary hospitalizations. A study in the American Journal of Managed Care found that Medicare patients who joined MDVIP-affiliated practices were hospitalized 79% less than their peers in traditional primary care practices. Patients with private insurance were hospitalized 72% less than patients in traditional practices.
Better control of chronic conditions
Patients with chronic conditions like atrial fibrillation, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol also do better in the MDVIP model. A study in the International Journal of Person Centered Medicine analyzed medical charts for patients with these four conditions. Looking at industry benchmarks for preventive screenings and good control of chronic conditions, patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices were in the top 10 percent nationally.
Better doctor-patient relationship
Strong doctor-patient relationships have been shown to lead to better health outcomes. The MDVIP model is built around this relationship, and the result is not only healthier patients, but also happier patients. According to research published in The Open Public Health Journal, 97% of patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices reported being satisfied with their relationship with their doctor, compared to only 58% of patients in a traditional primary care model. Patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices were also happier with their ability to contact their physician outside of office hours
The enhanced doctor-patient relationship is a big part of why MDVIP offers a better healthcare experience versus traditional primary care—and why studies have shown these impressive patient outcomes.