Playing Money-Ball

Exploring options to make healthcare more affordable for patients and more lucrative for doctors. Patient-Physician Cooperatives function when patients come together to directly negotiate with physicians and clinics participating in the cooperative, keeping costs low by cutting out the middleman. With direct billing, the doctors earn more as well, and according to PPC, not being bound by insurance rules allows them to provide patients with more flexibility than they would get in an HMO, for example. The PPC model began in Houston and now serves the entire state of Texas with associated centers in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma as well.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT & CONVERSATION

  • Would you join a medical cooperative like this one? Have you or anyone you know received medical care through a cooperative like PPC? What was that experience?
  • Founder Don McCormick made a decision in 1995 to leave his very successful career as an insurance company executive “sell everything I owned and help people who were not insured and not getting healthcare benefits.  If you are not doing that, then life is pointless.”  Please share your reaction and thoughts about that statement.
  • Forming a large group of physicians gave PPC power to get group services at a discount so they could reduce cost of care for patients.  Physicians still made excellent money.  Did that surprise you?  Please share your thoughts about that.
  • PPC data scientist Fred Trotter talks about PPC genuinely putting the patients first as the goal of PPC.  In what ways does PPC demonstrate that? Were you surprised to hear that parking was a top priority on the patient satisfaction survey?

ACTIONS

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ABOUT DON & FRED

Don McCormick is founder of the Patients Physicians Cooperative operating in Houston and in other cities. He had an impressive career in the insurance industry where he served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Preferred Providers from 1987 to 1996; an association of physicians, hospitals who contract with insurers & employer trusts to provide health care services in managed care plans.  He then became the director of Tomorrow’s Bread Today (TBT), a faith-based group, who helps the poor and does works of mercy, including making efforts to extend health care to all who need it.

Fred Trotter is Data Scientist at Patients Physicians Cooperative. He is a founder of CareSet Systems and The DocGraph Journal, COO of Open Source Health, a technical blogger for O’Reilly Radar, and co-author of the first Health IT O’Reilly book “Hacking Healthcare”.