April 27, 2017 – MDVIP, the national leader in affordable personalized healthcare, announced today that Edra Stern, M.D., has opened an MDVIP primary care practice in Greenwich, Connecticut, to deliver a better healthcare experience with an emphasis on prevention, not just the treatment of illness. Dr. Stern is board certified in internal medicine and joins MDVIP as the third affiliated physician in Fairfield County and the ninth in Connecticut.
“I believe the best care comes from good communication and having enough time to both partner with and advocate for my patients,” said Dr. Stern. “Maintaining a smaller practice under the MDVIP model enables me to develop close relationships with each of my patients and to personalize their care based on their particular needs and goals.”
Personalized Preventive Care
MDVIP-affiliated physicians have significantly smaller practices, which allows them to spend more time with each patient and provide highly individualized primary care compared to traditional practices. For an annual membership fee, each patient receives the MDVIP Wellness Program, a comprehensive yearly health assessment that includes advanced diagnostic tests and health screenings to give a more complete view of the patient’s overall health. Using the results, physicians provide one-on-one coaching and tools to help patients make healthier lifestyle choices, prevent disease and achieve their personal wellness goals.
Proven Health Outcomes
Published research supports the MDVIP model. Medicare patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices were admitted to the hospital 79% less than patients in traditional practices, and commercial patients were in the hospital 72% less, notes an American Journal of Managed Care study. This significant reduction in hospitalizations yielded a $300-million savings for Medicare in one year. Readmission rates for Medicare patients suffering heart attack, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia were dramatically lower than readmission rates for non-MDVIP Medicare patients.
Smaller Practice, More Time
Other benefits of an MDVIP-affiliated practice include same- or next-day appointments that start on time and last an average of 30 minutes. Physicians are reachable 24/7 by cell phone. If patients have an emergent need while traveling, their physician can help arrange care with a local hospital, pharmacy or doctor, which may include an MDVIP-affiliated physician. Demonstrating the value of the MDVIP model, patient satisfaction and annual membership renewals consistently exceed 90 percent.