Health Care… The Way It Should Be
Full Circle Medicine Is A Micropractice… What Does That Mean?
My practice is based on the Ideal Micro Practice model of patient centered, collaborative health care. I operate without any staff and provide same day access. Barriers between doctors and patients are minimized; when you call, a physician will answer the phone or call you back promptly.
Most medical practices stay financially viable by trying to see as many patients as possible as efficiently as possible. They employ many people to assist the physician to absorb the office workload so the physician can focus on seeing patients. Typical physician schedules allow 10 to 15 minutes of actual physician time per visit. While this model of medical practice may thrive financially, it does so at a high price. Practice overhead costs sometimes reach greater than 70% of practice income. Patients are often dissatisfied with the quality of care they receive. Doctors are often frustrated with the restrictions this model puts on the doctor-patient relationship.
My practice is designed to enhance the doctor-patient relationship by providing personalized, hands on, accessible health care. This is accomplished by a drastic reduction in practice overhead costs. I practice independently, without any employees. By using readily available technologies such as the internet, electronic health records (EHR), and a smaller number of patients in the practice, I am able to simplify the office tasks that traditionally would require employees. By doing this, I am able to keep my costs down, which means I am able to see fewer patients a day, and can spend more time with each patient.