Chantilly, VA, November 18, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Over thirty people representing area small businesses jammed into the conference room at the Dulles Chamber of Commerce offices to hear “Healthcare & Insurance: Thinking Outside the Box,” a roundtable discussion sponsored by Western Fairfax Group of The Networking Community, that presented solutions for saving the businesses money on the continually rising healthcare costs that are often threatening their very existence in the ever-tightening economy. The sixty-minute presentation featured Dr. Alan Dappen, founder of doctokr Family Medicine, and Mr. Will Pierce, a twenty-year veteran of the health insurance industry.
Dr. Dappen opened the talk offering an overview of doctokr, a private pay medical practice based on time-based fees for medical service, that stresses quality of care and patient convenience. “The doctokr name is not a misspelling, but is a phonetic pronunciation of Doc-Talker, where the doctor talks directly to you the patient,” Dappen said with a laugh. “The practice is designed with the patient in mind, and a member of our medical team will pick up the phone and talk to our patients directly, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Dappen went on to explain how the round-the-clock availability of the doctokr medical team by phone or in the office can solve not only the vast majority of day-to-day primary care health issues, but over 80% of those problems that end up in the ER. “The time-based fees make healthcare affordable,” Dappen added, “with a typical patient needing little more than $300 per year for primary care and urgent care, often eliminating the need of an ER visit.”
Mr. Pierce walked the group through the acronym-laden landscape of healthcare benefit options, defining and explaining the differences between HDHPs (high deductible healthcare plans), HSAs (health savings accounts), FSAs (flexible spending accounts) and catastrophic insurance. “Many businesses don’t realize it, but there are a wide range of healthcare benefit vehicles available beyond traditional PPOs and HMOs,” Pierce explained to the group, “choosing the right one depends on your business and your budget.” Pierce also demonstrated how HDHPs/HSAs, FSAs, and catastrophic insurance could be paired with a private-pay primary care doctor’s model like doctokr to offer a business considerable savings on healthcare without sacrificing the quality of care.
Michelle Henry, Leader for the Western Fairfax Group of The Networking Community and owner of EstatePro, a home inspection services company, is an active member of the area small business community, masterminded the event. “I’m a long-time patient of doctokr, and wanted to share with my fellow small business colleagues how a fee for service medical practice with transparent pricing can help put them back in control of the healthcare experience.”
Similar roundtable discussions are planned for the future.
About Doctokr: doctokr Family Medicine offers 24/7 access to primary, urgent and continuous care for all of its patients, and ensures affordable, quality and convenient care including same-day office visits and house calls. The practice works with the business community to offer an affordable healthcare benefit that helps employees receive quality care quickly so that they can stay healthier and stay on the job. doctokr can be paired with catastrophic coverage, HSAs, FSAs, and HDHPs. Dr. Alan Dappen is a board-certified physician, and founded doctokr (pronounced Doc-Talker) in 2002, in Vienna, VA. Doctokr was one of seven medical practices to be invited to the national “Primary Care Innovators Roundtable” organized by the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, and has recently appeared on Good Morning America and American Public Media’s The Story. Website: http://www.doctokr.com
About Will Pierce: Will joined Kelly Insurance in 2002 with over 10 years of insurance planning experience. Specializing in employee benefit plans for small and large companies, Will and Kelly Insurance Agency have been out in front of the dynamic changes in the employee benefits, most notably health insurance during the past six years. Whether it is a single solution for HRA/HSA/FSA plans or integrated solutions using partially self funded plans, Will has worked with all options.
About The Networking Community, LLC: TNC, founded by Dan Williams, is the acknowledged thought leader in the press and media for advancing networking with the purpose of enabling companies and individuals to more effectively meet the marketing challenges of the 21st century.
Through recognition on Linkedin.com (total of 4.7 million subscribers), TNC is the highest endorsed company in North America with over 235 testimonials from loyal followers. TNC also hosts, "The Networking Community Show" and is the publisher of an audio CD book and e-column on networking entitled, Tales from The Networking Community: Networking, Like Life, is a Process not an Event, authored by Dan Williams. Website: http://www.thenetworkingcommunity.com