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Should EKG Testing be Required in High School Sports? College?

football-ulcaWith athletes dying of sudden cardiac arrest every year, debates over mandatory EKG testing continue to rage on throughout the country. The Wall Street Journal tackles the subject in a recent article titled “Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Should NCAA Require EKG Testing?

Sharon Terlep of the Wall Street Journal writes, “Even opponents of mandatory EKG screening of college athletes acknowledged that the rate of basketball-player death reported in the new study is alarming. ‘The death rate of one in 5,200 basketball players per year continues to astound me,’ says Paul Thompson, chief of cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. At that rate, he notes, ‘a varsity basketball player has a (one in 1,300) chance of dying before graduation.’ The new study is based on autopsies, death certificates and other research on 79 cases of sudden cardiac death in NCAA athletes over the last decade. Ten of the 79 were male basketball players. ‘As we keep looking at this we are going to find more and more evidence that will support what we are saying,’ said lead author Kimberly Harmon, a University of Washington sports-medicine physician who advocates EK screening for some or all college athletes. EKG, or electrocardiogram, is a noninvasive test that can detect many of the causes of sudden cardiac death.”

The battle over mandatory EKG testing has been especially heated in Texas. KHOU 11 News reports on this in a recent article titled “Texas lawmakers discussing mandatory EKGs for student-athletes.” Marcelino Benito of KHOU 11 News writes, “If House Bill 767—named after Cody Stephen, who died in 2012—passes through the Texas Senate and becomes law, EKG tests will cost families about $15. This month alone, doctors have tested more than 1,000 student-athletes. Fourteen of those students were referred to a cardiologist for further tests, leading to 14 lives potentially saved. ‘If you can reduce the chance of a cardiac event just by one with a test like an EKG, then that’s worth the money we’re putting into the testing,’ said Cusick.”

At Medicine Within Reach, we believe in the life-saving importance of EKG testing and making it easily accessible for patients. We are a group of primary physicians who have come together to form a concierge medical practice. It is our belief that a strong doctor patient relationship is critical to quality healthcare.

With us, you receive easy accessibility, flexible scheduling, and comprehensive care for your complex needs. We provide a variety of services, including preventative health planning, women’s health screening, and comprehensive annual physical exams such as EKGs.

If you think concierge medicine might be right for you, contact Medicine Within Reach for a consultation.

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Being a Man and Getting Your Annual Check Up

men-checkup-medicineIn honor of Father’s Day, the Moapa Valley Progress issued a challenge to men throughout the country in the form of an article titled “Dodging the Doctor? Real Men Get An Annual Check Up.”

Addressing STD testing, Enrique Alfaro of the Moapa Valley Progress writes, “Why: Depending on lifestyle and sexual history, men should talk to their doctor about whether they should be tested for certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, human papilloma virus (HPV), Hepatitis B, HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. Early treatment can cure many STDs, lessen their symptoms and/or make the disease less likely to spread. When: All men who are sexually active, as well as their partners, should be tested regularly for STDs. The CDC has no set recommendations for the frequency of STD testing, unless an individual engages in high-risk sexual practices or has symptoms such as genital sores, fluid-filled blisters, ulcerations or warts, or unusual discharge. The agency does advise yearly HIV testing for high-risk patients, such as individuals who have had unprotected sex with more than one sexual partner since their last screening.”

One major issue with STD testing is the long waits in some locations. For example, consider this article from the NL Times titled “STD TESTING WAIT TIME ‘FATALLY’ LONG AFTER BUDGET CUTS.” Janene Van Jaarsveldt of the NL Times writes, “According to the health service, GGD doctors have to refuse patients more and more often due to the budget cuts. The government will only reimburse 40 thousand consultations in Amsterdam this year, that is 6 thousand fewer tests than what was carried out in 2014. The Public Health Service states that the only way to reduce the length of the waiting lists is by refusing people who are not part of the biggest risk groups – young people between 20 and 24 years.”

This is a frightening situation that is a reality in the U.S. for some. One way to make sure you can get appointments for STD testing that don’t put terrible burdens on your schedule is by utilizing concierge medicine.

When it comes to concierge medicine in San Francisco, your best bet is Medicine Within Reach. We believe that a strong patient-doctor relationship is essential to good health. Our personalized services make this special bond easily attainable. It is our mission to partner with our patients in an integrated approach by navigating through the complex medical system for you.

With us, you’re guaranteed flexible scheduling, easy access, and comprehensive care for your complex needs. We provide comprehensive annual physical examinations, preventative planning, and women’s health testing, among many other services.

If you think concierge medicine could be right for you, contact us for a consultation.

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Concierge Medicine Taking Hold in Nevada

Concierge medicine is bnevada-city-conciergeecoming increasingly popular throughout the country. For example, consider a recent article for the Las Vegas Review-Journal titled “Concierge doctors aim to address Southern Nevada patient complaints.”

Steven Moore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes, “Concierge doctors make up a small minority of the hundreds of primary care and family practice physicians in Southern Nevada, but they address some of the biggest patient complaints: feeling rushed during appointments, long waits to see doctors and incomplete explanations of medical problems or test results. Some people might be shocked by the up-front costs involved, an annual expense of $1,500 to $3,000. Some U.S. concierge doctors charge up to $30,000 per year. Concierge doctors say those so-called out-of-plan fees allow them to provide more personalized care to their patients, including giving their cell numbers to their patients so they can call whenever they have a question… For others, the outlay to their concierge doctors each January is their most important medical expense of the year because they gain priceless access to medical providers. Robert Spencer, 83, an eight-year resident of Las Vegas, praises the service he gets from Dr. Justin Terry of Henderson, one of the Southern Nevada physicians who contracts with MDVIP, a Florida-based company that operates the largest U.S. network of concierge doctors. MDVIP charges its physicians a per-patient royalty fee, usually $500, for marketing, branding and other services. Terry is available without delay when Spencer needs medical attention. ‘You know he’ll always call you back,’ Spencer said. ‘You know you’ll always get in either that day or the next.’”

If you think concierge medicine could be beneficial to you, look no further than Medicine Within Reach. We are a group of primary care physicians in San Francisco who came together to form a concierge practice. It is our belief that a strong patient-doctor relationship is essential to good health. Our personalized services make this special bond easily attainable. It is our mission to partner with our patients in an integrated approach by navigating through the complex medical system for you.

Benefits of our practice include in office/over the phone consultations, flexible scheduling, easy accessibility, and comprehensive care for your complex needs. We provide comprehensive annual physical examinations, women’s health testing, and preventative health planning, among other invaluable medical services.

If you think concierge medicine could be right for you, contact us for a consultation.

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The Hidden Roots of Medicine

An old African proverb goes, “In order to know where you’re going, you must know where you’ve been.” When it comes to the history of medicine, that is no different. The New York Times recently helped shed some light on medical history in an article titled “Medicine’s Hidden Roots in an Ancient Manuscript.” Mark Schrope […]

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Concierge Medicine for Everyone

There is plenty of stigma around concierge medicine when it comes to cost. People have often associated the practice with only being for the super wealthy. However, that is not the case. CNBC sheds some light on this reality in a recent article titled “Doctors on demand: Affordable and getting more popular.” Sharon Epperson of […]

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Concierge Care Spreads to Western New York

The concierge medical care model continues to catch on in many different parts of the country. And not just in wealthier or urban areas, where it might be assumed that there is enough financial critical mass in order to make the model function well. Another case study in point: Concierge medical care has emerged in […]

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PCPs Being Pressured Over Readmissions

It may not be the straw that winds up breaking the back of primary care physicians (PCPs), but it could be close. The federal government has instituted a policy, called the Readmissions Reductions Program, which directs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (known as CMS) to slash the amount that it pays to hospitals […]

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Concierge Care’s Personalized Approach

Many issues that affect most or all of us in society often don’t become crystallized in our individual consciences until they “hit home,” until they become personal to us in unmistakable and unshakable ways. As the writer of an article in DailyFinance.com explains, her stepfather recently died. At that time, she phoned the man’s primary […]

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Concierge Medicine in Toledo

Concierge medicine is becoming increasingly popular throughout the country. One of the latest places for the practice to take hold is Toledo. The Blade reports on this in an article titled “Concierge medicine gaining foothold locally.” Marlene Harris-Taylor of the Blade writes, “Many people seem to share Mr. Granata’s point of view. According to Michael […]

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Personalizing Healthcare so Staying on Top of Medical Needs Isn’t So Hard for Patients

Throughout the globe, there is a need for increased awareness on high blood pressure. The Medical Press reports on this in a recent article titled “Study on high blood pressure finds high prevalence, low awareness and treatment disparities.” Yolanda Kennedy of Medical Press writes, “A new study by researchers at the Irish Longitudinal Study on […]

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