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Birdwell Ferris Is Now MainStreet Clinic at 415 W. Gore Blvd

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LAWTON — Birdwell Ferris Clinic has moved to 415 W. Gore Blvd, across from the Lawton YMCA, and we are now the MainStreet Clinic. We look forward to seeing you at our new location.

While the address has changed, our team is the same and we remain focused on your care and well being. Reach us at (580) 248-9966 or fax number 248-6458.

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Direct Primary Care Legislation Signed Into Oklahoma Law

OKLAHOMA CITY — April 21, 2015 — Senate Bill (SB) 560 was signed into Oklahoma law today by Gov. Mary Fallin, having passed the Oklahoma House 83-0 on April 15 and the Oklahoma Senate 44-0 on March 2. Titled the Health Care Empowerment Act, this legislation is intended to protect patients’ and physicians’ rights to enter into direct-pay relationships, including direct primary care membership agreements. Read legislative history and the final enrolled version of the law.

Direct Primary Care Legislation Summary

Under Section 2 of this Oklahoma law:

  • direct primary care membership agreement” means a contractual agreement between a primary care provider and an individual patient (or legal representative) in which:
  • primary care services are provided for a flat periodic (monthly) fee;
  • direct primary care providers will not bill third parties on a fee-for-service basis;
  • any per-visit charges will be less than the monthly equivalent of the periodic fee.

The Act provides these protections for primary care providers and consumers:

  • a direct primary care membership agreement is not insurance and is not subject to regulation by the Oklahoma Insurance Department;
  • direct primary care providers are not required to obtain any (insurance) certification to market or sell a direct primary care agreement;
  • a direct primary care provider is not required to register as a medical discount plan;
  • it allows either party to terminate the agreement (immediately) upon written notice to the other party;
  • provides that fees are not earned by the direct primary care provider until the end of the month; and
  • provides that, upon termination of this agreement by the individual patient, all unearned fees are to be returned to the patient.

“We are very appreciate of the authors for delivering such a clean, articulate bill that gained unanimous support in both houses of the legislature and protects free-market, innovative medical practice in Oklahoma going forward,” said Rob Bartlett, Jr., executive director of Direct Care Partners, LLC.

SB 560 was introduced by Sen. Rob Standridge of Norman and co-sponsored in the Oklahoma House by Rep. David Derby of Owasso. This bill ensures that “Oklahoma citizens maintain control over their own access to quality health care at lower costs,” said Sen. Rob Standridge. It received “widespread support in the Oklahoma legislature, because it emphasizes individual responsibility for health care choices and payments, while it restores the patient-doctor relationship,” said Rep. David Derby.

SB 560 was supported by the national Direct Primary Care Coalition, an organization of physicians across the U.S. promoting direct primary care as an innovative alternative payment model that protects patient choice and promotes restoration of the doctor-patient relationship.

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Direct Primary Care Legislation Passed Oklahoma Senate

Legislation passed by the Senate Insurance Committee February 19 was passed in the Senate on March 2 by a vote of 44-0 and has been co-sponsored in the Oklahoma House. Senate Bill (SB) 560 is intended to protect patients’ and physicians’ rights to enter into direct-pay relationships, including direct primary care membership agreements.

This legislation allows employers to offer new, innovative health benefits to workers of all incomes that ensures employee access to a personal physician. When signed into law, this bill will ensure that direct primary care membership agreements are not treated as insurance products by state regulators.

SB 560 was introduced by Sen. Rob Standridge of Norman and is co-sponsored in the Oklahoma House by Rep. David Derby of Owasso. This bill ensures that “Oklahoma citizens maintain control over their own access to quality health care at lower costs,” said Sen. Rob Standridge.

“Widespread support is expected for this bill in the Oklahoma legislature, because it emphasizes individual responsibility for health care choices and payments, while it restores the patient-doctor relationship,” said Rep. David Derby.

SB 560 is supported by the Direct Primary Care Coalition, an organization of physicians across the U.S. promoting direct primary care as an innovative alternative payment model that protects patient choice and promotes restoration of the doctor-patient relationship.

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Membership Program Ensures Primary Care Access For Medicare and Private Insured, As Well As Uninsured

Speaking at the Senior Summit today, held at Southwest Medical Center, Brian Birdwell, MD announced a new program offered by the Birdwell Ferris Clinic called  “Ferris direct care: It’s about care, not coverage.™” Membership in this direct primary care program ensures full, open access to all clinic services, plus an array of exclusive member services, for a monthly subscription fee.

Known as the “direct primary care” model, this membership-based approach to primary medical care is gaining popularity across the U.S. with more than 100,000 patients now being served by direct care physicians in 24 states, according to the Direct Primary Care Coalition.

At today’s summit, Dr. Birdwell described a worsening crisis in primary medical care for older Americans, caused in part by the inefficiencies of paying for routine and preventive medical care through insurance coverage. Dr. Birdwell said that

  • nationally, the average time between doctor and patient is eight (8) minutes for a primary care encounter, which is inadequate for managing the multiple diagnoses, numerous medications, and complex medical circumstances many seniors experience;
  • insurance coding, billing and collections cost about $50 per doctor-patient encounter.

The direct primary care model eliminates this bureaucratic expense, applying those resources instead to more time for patients and improved quality of care.

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