Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Doctor?

Many individuals wonder if they should see a family doctor or internal medicine doctor. In many ways, internal medicine doctors and family doctors are similar. They offer similar services and their goal is to monitor their patient’s health, provide preventive measures, provide screening measures and catch disease processes early and in a timely manner to nip health issues in the bud. From infants to senior [...]

Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Doctor?2021-04-26T22:51:54-07:00

How a Primary Care Provider Can Help Improve Your Mental Health

Mental health problems are becoming more common with each passing year in the United States. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental health issue. Only 43 percent of adults with mental illness receive medical attention. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness persists in the 21st century. Many people feel uncomfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with their doctors. In rural [...]

How a Primary Care Provider Can Help Improve Your Mental Health2021-03-01T22:33:31-08:00

Benefits of Seeing an Internist

  Internists specialize in internal medicine. They treat adults for a wide variety of illnesses affecting different systems such as the respiratory system and circulatory system. Internists are trained to help their patients overcome illnesses and help mitigate them of high risk for certain diseases to help them maintain good health. Here are some compelling reasons to see an internist near you. Accurate and Precise [...]

Benefits of Seeing an Internist2021-02-16T09:41:53-08:00

How do Internal Medicine doctors differ from other doctors?

There are many compelling reasons to have an Internal Medicine Doctor (Internist) as a concierge physician. An Internal medicine doctor is trained to treat a number of health problems including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancers, infections, skin conditions and allergic conditions. To become an internal medicine physician, a professional must first complete a four-year medical school program followed by a three-year internal medicine [...]

How do Internal Medicine doctors differ from other doctors?2021-01-06T23:00:23-08:00

What is Concierge Medicine?

Concierge medicine is an umbrella term used to describe a fee arrangement in which the patient pays their doctor a yearly retainer fee. This retainer fee may be in addition to other charges for services delivered. Concierge medicine is gaining popularity. There are more than 6,000 concierge practices in the country. A study estimates that more than 20 percent of adults in the top one [...]

What is Concierge Medicine?2020-11-01T23:32:54-08:00

How to Choose a Primary Care Doctor

Primary care physicians (or PCPs) are usually the first doctors contacted by patients. A primary care physician helps their patients with preventive care, including routine physical tests, screenings, and immunizations. A PCP also diagnoses and helps their patients manage common chronic conditions and ailments such as diabetes and hypertension. You need to be very careful when choosing a primary care doctor in Sonoma. Look for [...]

How to Choose a Primary Care Doctor2020-09-28T22:31:30-07:00

Independent Primary Care Physicians Are More Productive Than Hospital-Employed Physicians

One of the major factors affecting the quality of healthcare provided by a doctor is whether they are engaged in their job. A recent study found that independent primary care physicians are more engaged and productive than primary care physicians employed by healthcare organizations. Researchers interviewed 1,029 primary care physicians. They were asked questions related to their productivity and engagement, and whether they believed they [...]

Independent Primary Care Physicians Are More Productive Than Hospital-Employed Physicians2020-09-07T00:24:25-07:00

What is High-Value Care?

U.S. spending on healthcare is snowballing. It is expected to reach around 20 percent of the GDP by 2026. Many national organizations such as the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians have launched various initiatives to ensure that patients receive high-quality care (on par with the escalating costs). Put simply, high-value care can be defined as healthcare that balances benefits [...]

What is High-Value Care?2020-07-22T23:29:09-07:00

How Your Primary Care Doctor Can Help You Stay Healthier

Primary care physicians play an important role in modern healthcare. They are usually the first medical practitioners contacted by the patients. A primary care doctor provides preventive care and treatment. A PCP or general practitioner is trained to diagnose different conditions. They interview their patients to assess symptoms and medical history. They also conduct physical examinations and may refer patients to a specialist (e.g., an [...]

How Your Primary Care Doctor Can Help You Stay Healthier2020-06-29T21:31:43-07:00

The Primary Care Quarterback: Great Primary Care = Better Care Management

In football, quarterback performance is critical to the overall success of the team. The quarterback is the leader of the offense. They call the play in the huddle. The quarterback coordinates with other team members and coaches to produce the best possible results every time the team is on the field. In healthcare, the primary care physician plays the role of quarterback. Studies link the [...]

The Primary Care Quarterback: Great Primary Care = Better Care Management2020-05-19T21:42:49-07:00