Staying with the theme of practice models for independent physicians, here’s an interview with Samir Qamar, MD of MedLion.
Mary Pat: You are the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MedLion, as well as a practicing Family Physician. Tell us your story.
Dr. Qamar: I grew up around the world the son of a UN diplomat, with a lot of time spent in Europe (including medical school). Growing up, I always wondered why most Europeans never needed insurance for basic medical care. I also learned a lot about the pros and cons of government-run health systems.
The HHS and the CDC have developed lots of widgets that you can place on your practice website to give your patients the latest information on the swine flu. You can get a widget for your practice website from HHS here or from CDC here. These sites also provide podcasts and other resources that you can use to develop your practice protocols and education materials for staff and patients globally for a pandemic illness, or specifically for the A(H1N1) swine influenza illness.
This article will provide resources for three areas:
Protocol for your practice for potential pandemic illness (swine flu or other)
Plan to provide information to your patients about swine flu
Plan for your practice to function during the swine flu or a pandemic illness episode