Over the past decade, more and more primary care clinicians have been shifting from a practice model based on health insurance to a membership model. This type of practice offers an alternative for clinicians wanting to spend less time on paperwork and more time with patients. In these practices, patients pay a monthly or annual retainer to their clinician for a contracted bundle of services.
In the video below, Kristine Burke, MD, a Functional Medicine family clinician in El Dorado Hills, CA, talks with Dan Kalish of the Kalish Institute about her path to establishing a membership model practice. Dr. Burke completed the “My Practice Plan” course through the Kalish Institute while transitioning to a Functional Medicine practice. In this video, you will hear about:
- How Dr. Burke structures her Functional Medicine practice within the membership model
- The use of scribes and a collaborative care team within clinical practice
- The financial feasibility of membership models
Daniel Kalish, DC, IFMCP, is founder of the Kalish Institute, an online training program dedicated to building Functional Medicine practices. Since 2006, the Kalish Institute has helped develop practice models for over 1,000 practitioners worldwide.
Kristine Burke, MD, IFMCP, is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine and IFM certified in Functional Medicine. She is the medical director for Help Your Diabetes – Sacramento, CA, and has practiced the full spectrum of family medicine in the Folsom and El Dorado Hills areas since 1997.
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