For Immediate Release: January 6, 2016
Dr. Kimberly Legg Corba is First Physician in the Lehigh Valley to Offer Direct Primary Care: Eliminates Health Insurance Companies by Offering Monthly Membership Fees to Patients
(Allentown, PA) – Dr. Kimberly Legg Corba (http://www.greenhillsdirectfamilycare.com/), independent Family Physician with Green Hills Direct Family Care, is eliminating health insurance companies and shaking up the status quo to benefit patients. As the first physician in the Lehigh Valley to offer Direct Primary Care, her goal is to increase face time with patients, decrease costs for patients, and continue to provide high quality care.
As health plan deductibles continue to rise across the country , Dr. Corba is offering an affordable way to ensure quality care for routine issues. For instance, if you are under 45, you would pay just $50 per month and have unlimited access to Dr. Corba; a child enrolled with an adult is $10 per month. Everything in the office that is routinely offered is included at no extra cost.. The visit time can range from 30 to 60 minutes if required. The plan offers 24/7 access to the doctor, including unlimited visits, email, phone, text, Facetime, and Skype consultations with Dr. Corba who also offers same day or next day appointments. Low-cost options for lab work and X-rays are also being offered through her office with most blood tests priced at $10 or less and radiological studies that range between $25 and $400. And, any tests that are ordered along with an invoice demonstrating fair market value for any office visit can be applied to a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account. This can add up to offset part or even all of the cost of membership. There are no copays or coinsurance, no deductibles, no pre-authorization delays, and no denials. Plus, all medical information remains private so there are no “pre-existing conditions” that would otherwise drive premiums upward.
The DPC model is proving to be incredibly beneficial to small businesses, especially if providing self -funded plans to their employees but also with high deductible plans.
Talks are occurring with independent sub-specialities across The Lehigh Valley to discount screening and diagnostic procedures/services for Green Hills Direct Family Care DPC patients.
Dr. Corba stated, “To be clear, this is not a substitute for health insurance. My plan works great for those who can choose a plan that offers high deductibles with a low monthly premium, usually the least expensive choice if the patient is offered a plan by their employer. The goal, people need to understand, is NOT to use up your deductible. Just like a car insurance plan, the minute the insurance plan has to pay out, your costs for your premium is going to go up. It is not “free” after the deductible is met. The insurance companies profits are made by holding onto their money.” Many small companies are using this model to save thousands on health insurance premiums for their employees, it works well with self-funded plans. A Direct Care plan helps pay for the routine maintenance of health, however insurance plans need to be maintained in a case requiring hospitalization or care by a specialist. DPC also works very well with individual plans on the exchange.
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General Practitioner doctor visits have been shown to actually decrease Emergency Room and Urgent Care visits as people stay healthier with better access and time. With Dr. Corba’s plan, it will be incredibly affordable to keep seeing a family doctor. Dr. Corba stated, “I am hoping that other practices in the area also consider making the switch to this model, because it is spreading all over the country. I am offering a quality healthcare plan option for those that are fed up with insurance companies at a cost that is cheaper than most cell phone bills. I no longer want to be penalized for not prescribing generic drugs, not referring my patients to the cheapest specialists in town, or for spending too much time with my patients. By offering a Direct Care Plan, I am taking back healthcare from the insurance industry, cutting out all the red tape associated with pre-authorizations, billing, and justification for services rendered and I can do what I feel is best for my patients in an affordable way. In the long run, it will save not only the patients precious dollars, but it will save the insurance companies money too.”
Examples of routine services offered in the office for free and include EKG tests, nebulizer treatments, cauterization, joint injections, lesion removal, and drainage of abscesses, just to name a few. Any routine service provided in a primary care office is in included, there is no extra charge.
An area that has been of special interest to Dr. Corba for the past 10 years is the screening, diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of ADHD. She provides age specific and validated screening for 3 age groups, 12 and under, 12-18, and 18 and older. This includes screening for any co-exisitng mood disorders or learning disabilities.
Monthly Fees for Direct Care with Dr. Corba
- 0-19 = $10.00 with an adult enrolled otherwise $25.00
- 20-44 = $50.00
- 45-64 = $75.00
- 65 + = $100.00
- Once a lifetime $50.00 sign-up fee waived for existing patients who sign up by December 15, 2015
For more information, Dr. Corba and her staff will hold a 3rd town hall meeting about this new healthcare option on Wednesday, December 7, 2015 at the Upper Macungie Township Building at 7 PM.
About Dr. Corba and Green Hills Direct Family Care
Dr. Corba is a family medicine doctor who has been an independent solo practitioner at Green Hills Direct Family Care since 2003. The practice is a certified Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Council of Quality Assurance and has met Meaningful Use requirements for the past 4 years with Center for Medicare Services. She has been recognized as a #1 Primary Care Practice in the Achieving Clinical Excellence (ACE) quality rating program from Lehigh Valley Health Networks Physician Health Organization for the past four rating periods. This program includes Cigna, Aetna, Choice Plus, Geisinger, United, and Health America insurance programs. Through Highmark insurance, she achieved the highest level for quality and Capital Blue Cross consistently rates higher than her peer average in their quality programs. Due to the level of care that will be afforded every patient, the number of patients she will accept will be limited.
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