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Starting a Direct Primary Care Practice out of Residency
This week, I received a question from one of my followers on YouTube! Big shout out to everyone to follows/watches - I appreciate you! http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ Anyways, the question is this: do you recommend starting a Direct Primary Care practice right out of Residency Training? And yes, I do! There are several ways to go about this, but it is better to start right out of residency than to wait until you have established fee-for-service patients or established insurance-based contracts. Also in this vlog, I touch on Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs and the effect it may have on primary care doctors choosing Direct Primary Care practices. More on NPR's website: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/04/05/522575533/teachers-lawyers-and-others-worry-about-the-fate-of-student-debt-forgiveness
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Direct Primary Care versus Concierge Medicine
Direct Primary Care is different than Concierge Medicine! Often times, people can conflate or confuse these two distinct entities. Read more at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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Rule of Thomas for Hemoglobin A1c Conversion
The Rule of Thomas for Hemoglobin A1c Conversion I love medical eponyms! Is it a delusion of grandeur to think that I could have a medical eponym of my own? Perhaps, but I will try regardless - please take my self-aggrandizement cum grano salis. Without further ado, I present: "The Rule of Thomas" for quickly calculating average blood glucose levels from Hemoglobin A1C percentages. Use the following formula: Average Blood Glucose = 120 mg/dL + 30 (HgbA1C% - 6%) Plug in your variable, namely the Hemoglobin A1C Percentage, and solve the equation. You will be left with an average blood glucose. For example, your 30 year old patient with type 1 diabetes typically has excellent control of their blood sugar. Because your patient is young and healthy, you encourage them to maintain tight glucose control. You order a blood draw and obtain a hemoglobin A1C level of 6.5%. You would then have to use a table to find what their average blood glucose would be, but if you use the Rule of Thomas, you will be able to calculate the average blood glucose quickly. Average Blood Glucose = 120 mg/dL + 30 (6.5% - 6%) Average Blood Glucose = 120 mg/dL + 30 (0.5%) Average Blood Glucose = 120 mg/dL + 15 mg/dL Average Blood Glucose = 135 mg/dL As another example, you have a 58 year old male with type 2 diabetes that is newly diagnosed and poorly controlled. His hemoglobin A1C level prior to treatment is 12%. Using the formula: Average Blood Glucose = 120 mg/dL + 30 (12% - 6%) Average Blood Glucose = 120 mg/dL + 30 (6%) Average Blood Glucose = 120 mg/dL + 180 mg/dL Average Blood Glucose = 300 mg/dL As the medical community moves to patient-centered approaches to managing chronic illness, The Rule of Thomas is an easy way for clinicians and patients to understand and work with Hemoglobin A1c levels and their correlating average blood glucose levels. The Rule of Thomas will help patients and clinicians communicate more easily about hemoglobin A1c and glucose levels. #bloodsugar #diabetes #diabetesmellitus #type2diabetes #bloodglucose #hemoglobinA1c #medicine #clinic #hospital #medicaleponyms #RuleofThomas #endocrine #endocrinology #medicaleducation #patientcentered #patientcommunication Key Links: Translating the A1C Assay Into Estimated Average Glucose Values: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/31/8/1473.abstract ADA Hemoglobin A1c to Average Glucose Level: http://professional.diabetes.org/glucosecalculator.aspx Mayo Clinic Hemoglobin A1c conversion chart: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/a1c-test/basics/results/prc-20012585
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Wayne State University White Coat Ceremony 2017
On July 28th, 2017, I was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at Wayne State University School of Medicine's White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2021. This was a tremendous honor! http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/blog/2017/7/31/wayne-state-white-coat-ceremony-speech I was happy to speak at this event, and I wanted to impart a few key pieces of wisdom to the class of 2021. First, medicine is a journey, not only to acquire knowledge and progress professionally, but a journey to self-discovery. I asked these students to think critically about how best they can use their time and talents to serve others. Second, being a medical student is the opportunity of a lifetime and to make the most of this opportunity. Third, keep an open mind while searching for your speciality, and ultimately, work towards a path that gives you the greatest degree of happiness and satisfaction. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day! Dr. Paul Thomas Doctor with Plum Health Detroit, Michigan
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Sore throat - is it Strep?
Sore throat or pharyngitis is common this time of year! How can you tell if it's bacterial or viral? Well, this video can help, but you should really see your doctor! If you don't have a doctor and you live in Detroit, come see us! You can find us at www.PlumHealthDPC.com Here's a few bits of information: Strep throat is caused by Group A Streptococcus, a bacteria that affects the back of the throat. Of the sore throats in kids aged 5 - 15 years, Group A Strep causes only 15 - 30%. So that means that 70 - 85% of all sore throats in kids age 5 - 15 are Viral. It's hard to tell the difference between a virus and a bacteria, and we doctors use the Centor Criteria. The Centor Criteria states that bacterial pharyngitis (Strep throat) is more likely if the following qualifications are met: 1.) Age less than 14 years, 2.) fever or temperature greater than 100.4 F, 3) red throat with discharge, 4) tender lymph nodes, and 5) absence of a cough or other markers of a viral infection like a runny nose, nasal congestion, etc... Additionally, Strep throat typically has an abrupt onset, with fever, headache, abdominal pain, and nausea likely. The best thing to do when you have symptoms is talk with your doctor. One of the reason that you need to see your doctor is that without proper treatment, there can be downstream consequences. Acute rheumatic fever, post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcus can occur. Appropriate treatment can prevent complications, prevent the spread of the bacteria, and reduce the length and intensity of the infection. Thanks for watching! Paul Thomas MD Plum Health DPC http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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Direct Primary Care Health Care vs Health Insurance
As a family doctor practicing in the Direct Primary Care model, I get a ton of questions about patients being able to use their health insurance to pay for the health care services that I provide. In short, health insurance companies will not pay for the health care services that I provide in my Direct Primary Care practice. Next up, people ask "Does the patient have to submit the insurance claim to the insurer?" My answer, is no, you don't have to. In fact it will save you a ton of time, frustration and agony if you don't submit these claims to your insurance company because they will deny them or make you jump through a million flaming hoops to get coverage applied. This is the reason why so many family doctors are leaving the profession of medicine altogether - they are spending over one half and sometimes up to two thirds of their time completing paperwork rather than actually taking care of patients. Finally, someone asked this week: "Does your office work with patients to find out if an expensive procedure is covered by insurance before treatment?" In short, yes we do. What I say is that we try to find the best free market option for you and your health care. We go to great lengths to get the highest quality services at the lowest price. That's how we make a difference for our patients and that's why we're so highly rated. If something is less expensive and of better quality through your insurance, go with that option. If we can get the same medication at a 90% saving through our wholesalers, that is what we'll do for you. Thanks for the questions! Keep them coming and send them through our webpage: https://www.plumhealthdpc.com/contact/ Thanks for reading and watching and have a wonderful day, - Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC
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Facebook Marketing for Doctors
In the last episode, I talked about boosting your posts on Facebook to get more traction. In this episode, I take a look at the last post that I used the "boost" function for and how the reach and view count improved. Not only that, but the organic reach grew in addition to the paid reach. The post went from a reach of 460 people up to over 2,000 people. You can read more about what we do at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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Plum Health Hatch Detroit 2017 Application
Today, we submitted our application for Hatch Detroit 2017. Our company is called Plum Health DPC and we deliver affordable, accessible healthcare services in Detroit. We offer retail medicine in a city with very few primary care medical resources. The Hatch Detroit 2017 grant includes $50,000 in cash, along with support services ranging from legal to accounting, and beyond. With this $50,000, we hope to hire a second doctor as soon as possible. This has an immediate benefit for the community in that we can get another doctor in Detroit to provide holistic and comprehensive primary care services. Here's an excerpt from our grant application on this subject: In effect, this $50,000 yields immediate impact. First, the Detroit community gets a desperately-needed primary care doctor in a street-level, community-facing medical practice. Second, another job is created in Detroit with potential spin-off benefits. Plum Health is a regional draw. We draw a diverse crowd of people of varying socioeconomic strata to our clinic, and it has benefits for our neighboring businesses. Finally, we are looking to employ more Detroiters. We would love to hire a nurse, and having a second doctor will allow us to generate enough revenue to justify this hire. We currently train Physician Assistants and Medical Students in our Plum Health Clinic, and exposing them to a profitable practice in Detroit may further strengthen the primary care work force in the City. Thanks for reading and watching, and have a wonderful day, Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health in Detroit, Michigan
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Why Do Generic Drugs Cost So Much?
Generic Medications Cost too much money! There's a wide variability in the cost of generic medications from pharmacy to pharmacy. Researchers at Saint Louis University surveyed 175 pharmacies and asked for their prices for the meds Lisinopril, Carvedilol, and Digoxin. These are common heart failure medications. The researchers found that the prices for three generic medications ranged from less than $20 to more than $150, with the highest price for all three medications being $397 for a 1 month supply! This is way too much money! If you spent $150/month on medications alone, it would cost $1800 for the year. In contrast, if you spent less than $20/month on these same medications, it would cost less than $240 for the year. This is a difference of $1,560. Unfortunately, these costs have the greatest adverse effect on low income communities because they may not have the transportation resources to drive to these less expensive pharmacies. A possible solution is Direct Primary Care. DPC doctors like myself buy medications at wholesale prices and give them to our patients at cost, or with a 10% mark up to cover the cost of shipping and handling. For example, at our clinic Plum Health DPC, we can wholesale these same three medications for about $18/month. You can find out more about our services at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ Table of Contents: 00:00 - Welcome 00:12 - Article on the Variability in Retail Pricing for Generic Drugs for Heart Failure http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2582937 00:28 - Overview of Heart Failure Disease Burden 00:35 - CDC Fact Sheet on Heart Failure 00:53 - Variability in Retail Pricing for Generic Drugs for Heart Failure 01:35 - Methods 01:47 - Map of Variability in Retail Pricing for Generic Drugs for Heart Failure http://jamanetwork.com/data/Journals/INTEMED/0/ild160060f1.png 02:49 - Table: Median Pharmacy Price for Digoxin, Lisinopril, and Carvedilol http://jamanetwork.com/data/Journals/INTEMED/0/ild160060t1.png 03:16 - Discussion of Findings in JAMA Article 03:50 - How we save you money 04:00 - Plum Health DPC prices for Carvedilol 04:29 - Plum Health DPC prices for Lisinopril 04:48 - Plum Health DPC prices for Digoxin 05:06 - Total Savings Bonus: article from St. Louis University about the study with a photo of Dr. Paul Hauptman http://www.slu.edu/news/2016/november/variability-in-generic-heart-failure-drugs.php
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Plum Health DPC Application for Gentleman Jack Pitch Distilled
Plum Health DPC delivers affordable accessible health care services in Detroit and Beyond! This is our video application for the Gentleman Jack Pitch Distilled Competition to be held in Detroit in December 2017! Wish us good luck and share this video if you think our cause worthy! Thanks for your time - Dr. Paul with Plum Health DPC https://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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Detroit Startup Week 2017
Detroit Startup Week 2017 will begin on Monday May 22nd!!! It's going to be a great week of stories, panels, and information sessions about starting businesses, large and small. It will also provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to network and learn from each other. http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/blog/2017/5/17/detroit-startup-week-2017 This year, I was selected to give a presentation about starting a business in one of Detroit's neighborhoods, Southwest Detroit. I'll be sharing some of my experiences and I hope you can come out to the session, the link is here. From their press release: "Startup businesses of every type and stage are invited to over 100 completely free events that are designed to support startup growth and build a stronger business ecosystem in Detroit." In the session, I will be talking about how we started Plum Health, some of the mistakes that we've made, some of the experiences that we've had, and some of the support systems in Detroit that has allowed us to be successful. If you're contemplating starting a neighborhood professional service in the City of Detroit or elsewhere, I hope that my session will be extremely helpful for you. Thanks so much for reading, and I look forward to seeing you at the Masonic Temple next week! - Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health Direct Primary Care
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How to Log Procedures in New-Innovations
This short video explains how to log procedures in New-Innovations, edit procedures in the Log, and export the procedures that have been logged to a PDF
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Last Day to Sign up for Health Insurance
Hello all! It's December 15th and the last day to sign up for health insurance. Health insurance is different from Health Care. What I provide at Plum Health DPC is health care - visits with the doctor, wholesale medications, at-cost labs, convenience, etc... But you also need health insurance - this is a financial tool to protect you from bankruptcy in case of major accidents, illnesses, or injuries. If you have cancer, a heart attack, a stroke or are involved in an auto accident, you need health insurance to cover these costs. The best way to get health insurance? Go to HealthCare.gov and choose a plan that's right for you. Thanks for your time, thanks for reading and watching! And, sincerely, if you need help with this, give me a call! - Dr. Paul 313.444.5630
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Plum Health with Dr  James Blessman
Today, I attend the monthly Wayne County Medical Society meeting. There were several topics discussed and my mentor Dr. James Blessman brought up an upcoming lecture. Dr. Joel Fuhrman will be at the Detroit School of Arts on February 2nd, 2017 at 6 pm (doors at 5 pm). There's more information at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-healthy-eating-challenge-with-celebrity-author-joel-fuhrman-md-tickets-31543009992
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Plum Health DPC in Business Insider
This week, Plum Health DPC was featured in Business Insider as well as the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. https://www.plumhealthdpc.com/blog/2018/3/17/plum-health-dpc-mentioned-in-business-insider The first article was an excellent, comprehensive piece on Direct Primary Care in Business Insider by Lydia Ramsey. Ms. Ramsey and I have spoken over the phone about the Direct Primary Care movement, and she asked several insightful questions about our practice in Detroit, Michigan. She has spoken with roughly 16 other DPC doctors and synthesized a great summary of the movement in her article. Next up, we were mentioned in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel article on Direct Primary Care written by Ron Hurtibise. The article discusses Direct Primary Care and the efforts in the Florida Legislature to make DPC 'legal' in that state. Fortunately, in Michigan, Direct Primary Care has been 'legalized' via the efforts of State Senator Patrick Colbeck and his Senate Bill No. 1033. I have placed legal and legalized in quotations above because practicing Direct Primary Care or retainer-based medicine is not illegal, but having laws on the books like Senate Bill No. 1033 in Michigan and the proposed HB 37 in Florida removes any potential legal challenges and allows doctors who want to practice DPC medicine a clear path. And we need more doctors having a clear path to the type of medical practice that they can enjoy and sustain for the long term. We need more doctors practicing primary care medicine. One of the arguments against DPC is that the panel size is smaller in the typical DPC practice as compared to the traditional Fee-for-Service practice. In the Sun-Sentinel article, a part of my LinkedIn article was quoted: "As to the charge that Direct Primary Care contributes to the shortage of primary care doctors, Paul Thomas, a doctor with Plum Health DPC, wrote in an essay published on LinkedIn.com last year that the model might actually encourage more medical students to become primary care doctors, rather than pursue higher-paying specialty fields. "A Direct Primary Care practice with 500 members can provide a primary care provider with more income than some earn with 3,500 patients at a fee-for-service practice, Thomas wrote. And the increased time for personal interaction eliminates “role strain” and allows the provider to address patients as whole people, he said. I believe that Direct Primary Care practices provide physicians and patients with a better primary care experience, and will allow doctors to practice for longer periods of time without retiring early or leaving the field completely because of burnout. I'm happy to see the DPC movement spreading across the country, and I'm happy to be quoted in these two publications. Thanks for reading! - Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC
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The Importance of Primary Care
Primary care is essential to having a healthy community and a healthy society. In this episode, we explore the importance of having a primary care doctor who can help you stay healthy! You can find out more about Plum Health at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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How to Quit Smoking in Detroit
The adult smoking rate in Michigan is 20.5%. So, of the Michiganders over the age of 18, roughly 1 in 5 are smokers and that translates to 1,557,000 smokers in the State of Michigan. Among the United States, Michigan has the 9th highest smoking rate among adults. http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/blog/ This is unfortunate because there are many adverse effects of smoking, from increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes to increases in the rates of head and neck cancers and lung cancers. However, there are effective treatments that can help you quit smoking, and once you quit smoking many health benefits can be realized, from lowering your blood pressure to decreasing your risks of cancer. This week, I've had a few people ask for help in terms of smoking cessation, and I am happy to provide that type of help. In fact helping people to quit smoking has some of the best patient-oriented evidence in medicine. Full stop. - Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health Direct Primary Care
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Plum Health + Rock CF
In the season and the spirit of giving, I want to introduce you to Emily Schaller and Rock CF. Emily has Cystic Fibrosis and uses Rock CF to raise money for others who have Cystic Fibrosis. Her website states their mission clearly: "The Rock CF Foundation Is A 501(C)3 Nonprofit Corporation. Founded And Led By Emily Schaller, The Rock CF Foundation Is Dedicated To Increasing The Quality Of Life For People With Cystic Fibrosis. With The Help Of A Core Group Of Volunteers, The Foundation Utilizes The Arts, Entertainment, Fashion And Fitness To Support Research Initiatives And Heighten Public Awareness In The Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis." One way that they raise money is by selling merchandise via their online store, http://rockcf.storenvy.com/. Proceeds from sales go to supporting those with Cystic Fibrosis. Emily Rocks CF by living her truth, running marathons, taking long-distance bike rides, and organizing healthy events around the city. The reason I'm highlighting the work of Rock CF is because she contributes to healthier community and healthier world. Thanks for reading a bit about Emily and what she does with Rock CF! - Paul Thomas, MD
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Health Benefits of Plums
Plums are a great source of fiber and vitamin C. I recommend eating 4 - 5 fruits and vegetables each day, and Plums can be a great part of this. When you eat a healthy balanced diet, you don't need to consume as many supplements because the foods that are available for consumption have all the essential vitamins and minerals that we need to be healthy.
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Plum Health DPC and TechTown Retail Bootcamp
Plum Health DPC is an exciting alternative to the fee-for-services system that we're using now. We are a primary care, family medicine service in Detroit, Michigan. Find out more about what we do at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ or follow us at https://www.facebook.com/PlumHealthDPC/. Thank you for watching!
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Plum Health at WeWork Detroit
Plum Health DPC at WeWork Detroit Today, Plum Health DPC is at WeWork Detroit! WeWork is a new Co-working space in Detroit at 1449 Woodward Avenue in the Central Business District. They've got a side entrance on Clifford, so look out for that! We're up on the eighth floor, talking with folks about our services at Plum Health. So, if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello! And if you're interested in signing up for a hot desk or private office at WeWork Detroit, hit their website: https://www.wework.com/buildings/merchant-s-row--detroit--MI Thanks for reading, and have a great day! - Paul Thomas, MD This post originally appeared on our blog, http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/blog/2017/2/22/plum-health-at-wework-detroit
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Direct Primary Care Facebook Marketing Tutorial
This is for a select audience of my Direct Primary Care doctor colleagues, so if this is not of interest to you, my apologies! Anyways, you should start by setting up a Facebook page for your business and classify it as such. This will allow you to "boost" your content on Facebook. In this video, I show you how to select content to be boosted, select a specific audience for your boosted content based on age and location, and how to set the amount of funding that goes toward your boosted content. In addition, you can specify certain interests that your followers may have, for example you can select "young families" or something similar to focus your content on that specific group. Thanks for reading and watching, and I hope you have a great day, - Dr. Paul with Plum Health DPC http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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Plum Health at Detroit SOUP
On Sunday night, I got to talk about Plum Health DPC at Detroit SOUP. I presented at Detroit SOUP back in October, and from that presentation I made a series of connections. First, I met Kwaku Osei of Cooperative Capital and he invited me to pitch at an event he hosted at the Detroit School for Digital Technology. At that event, I met the owner of the school, and she invited me to use one of the spaces in the building. So, I now have my office in the DSDT building in SW Detroit/Corktown. Out of this space at 1759 West 21st Street, we deliver affordable, accessible healthcare services. I got to talk at Detroit SOUP to share my journey and my progress, as the SOUP Community has helped me along my journey! Thanks for reading, - Paul Thomas, MD See more on our blog! http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/blog/2017/1/16/plum-health-at-detroit-soup
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Problems Updating my Profile on HealthGrades
I have a profile on HealthGrades and it has been extremely difficult to update it! I have tried going through the HealthGrades website, registering as a physician and updating it there, but the update is never reflected on the main site. Here's the story: I worked for Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center from 2013 - 2016. I was working as a Family Medicine Resident there, and I graduated in June 2016. As of July 1st, 2016, I began working for Plum Health Direct Primary Care (http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/), based out of Detroit, MI. I would like to update my HealthGrades profile to reflect these changes. To the HealthGrades team, thank you in advance for helping me fix this issue! Sincerely, Paul Thomas, MD Plum Health DPC http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ Detroit, MI
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Plum Health at Detroit Demo Day
We’re pitching at Detroit Demo Day and we need your vote! Help us win $100,000 to make health care more affordable and accessible! Get your Tickets at https://detroitdemoday.com
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How to Read a Chest X-ray
Basic ABCDE mnemonic for reading a chest x-ray. #medicine #radiology #chestxray #familymedicine #pleuraleffusion #trachea #dextrocardia
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Haiti January 2016
In January 2016 members of the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church worked with the United Methodist Church of Petit-Goâve to continue construction of a school in Petit-Goâve, the College Harry Brakeman. Our team worked side-by-side with our Haitian colleagues. Our team also provided medical care to the residents of Petit-Goâve in coordination with a group of volunteers and ophthalmologists associated with the United Methodist Church of Highland Park, Texas. Video: iPhone 6S Editing Software: Camtasia Music: Paul Thomas
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Should Doctors make Videos for their Patients?
Should Direct Primary Care Doctors make videos for their patients? In short, maybe. If you are consistently repeating information for your patients, it might be a good idea for you to make a short "explainer" video. For example, the difference between strep throat and a viral sore throat or a preferred diet method, or what to do in the case of a tick bite. If you are seeing common ailments, it may make sense to make videos explaining the symptoms, but you became a Direct Primary Care Doctor for a reason! You wanted to have more time to discuss issues with your patients, more time to explain why you are using that medication or why you are pursuing that course of action. It would make more sense to make videos for a larger health system. If the videos are really high quality, the doctors who have less time to explain themselves can use them to give patients the information that they would want to convey themselves, but don't have enough time to convey.
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Family Doctor Accepting New Patients in Detroit Michigan
Hello, this is Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC and we are a family medicine clinic in Southwest Detroit and we are accepting new patients. As a family medicine doctor, I take care of patients of all ages and stages. This means that I can take care of children or pediatric patients as well as adults. We treat a broad range of conditions, from sore throats to coughs and colds as well as influenza, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. We also perform procedures like Pap tests, skin lesion removal and biopsies, as well as rapid strep test, rapid influenza testing, and rapid mono testing. If you like to learn more about our clinic, go to www.plumhealthDPC.com Thank you so much for watching, and have a wonderful day! – Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D.
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Plum Health DPC
Plum Health DPC delivers affordable, accessible primary care services to Detroit and beyond. Find out more at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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Plum Health DPC Frequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of questions about Plum Health and Direct Primary Care. I do my best to answer the big ones here! Feel free to call me or email me or leave questions in the comments section below! My email address is Paul at Plum Health DPC dot com, and my phone number is on my website http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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The Michigan Central Station in Detroit
Today I got to go to the top of the Michigan central station, which is now owned by Ford motor company. The renovations will begin soon, and I am very excited to see how this beautiful old building is reimagined. The building sits between Corktown and Southwest Detroit, and our office is just two blocks behind the station. It’s a beautiful day for Detroit! Read more on our blog: https://www.plumhealthdpc.com/blog/ ----- From our blog: Yesterday was a momentous occasion - Ford Motor Company announced their purchase and their plans for the historic and beautiful Michigan Central Station. The Michigan Central Station has been abandoned since the mid-1980's, and it has been an eyesore on the Detroit skyline for the past 20 years.  The empty station had been an emotional thorn in the side, constantly nagging at Detroit, reminding Detroiters of their past prominence, but standing as a reminder of our post-industrial economic failures. But all of those bad feelings have been erased after today's event. Now, there's a sense of pride that Detroit has an opportunity to remake this historic site in the best way possible. The event at the Michigan Central Station felt inclusive, as community leaders from several different sectors were invited to be seated on stage.  There's also the impending economic impact of having thousands of Ford Motor Company employees working out of the Michigan Central Station in about 4 years.  As a lover of Detroit, Detroit history, and architecture this was a great day for me. As someone who cares deeply about the health of Detroiters and the prosperity of the region, this was one of the best days for me.  I am hopeful that the benefits of having Ford Motor Company in Detroit will be felt and experienced by all Detroiters - employment and economic prosperity is a key to having great health.  As a physician and a family doctor in Southwest Detroit, with our office just two blocks behind the historic and now revitalizing Michigan Central Station, I'm excited for the future challenges and opportunities.  Thanks for reading and watching, - Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC Plum Health DPC is a family medicine practice in Southwest Detroit that delivers affordable, accessible healthcare. We remove the profit takers between you and your doctor, lowering the cost of healthcare. Our memberships are $10/month for children and start at $49/month for adults. This allows you to have contact with me, your doctor, any time you need me, as well as the ability to purchase wholesale medications and receive lab work at-cost. To start your journey with Plum Health, head over to our scheduling page: https://www.plumhealthdpc.com/schedule/
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Transesophageal Echocardiography and Endocarditis
A short video describing the use of Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) in making accurate diagnoses of endocarditis in a clinical scenario. The article that accompanies this presentation is published in Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates.
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Plum Health September 2017 Update
On November 1st, 2016, I began seeing my first patients with Plum Health DPC. Throughout the process of growing my practice, I've been working at an urgent care, 2 days each week or about 20 hours each week. In addition to that, I spend about 40 - 50 hours working on Plum Health each week. To say the least, it's been a grind. But after 10 months of serving people, we have grown to 190 members, and I'm now able to leave the urgent care work behind and focus on Plum Health full time. So, today is a celebration! An opportunity to reflect on all of the good things that have happened over the last 10 months and an opportunity to say thank you for helping me get here. Sincerely, Dr. Paul Thomas
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New Year New Office
Happy New Year from Plum Health DPC - we are working out of a new office in Southwest Detroit/Corktown on the corner of 21st and Vernor street. Our address is 1759 West 21st Street, Detroit, MI. Over the last 21ish days, we've repainted the place, cleaned and re-painted the closet, sanded and stained the shelves in the closet, built a shelving unit in an existing cubby, brought in a new exam table, brought in a new refrigerator for our vaccines and other medications, brought in our wholesale medications and phlebotomy equipment. Day by day, we are able to provide more and better services for our members. To learn more about what we do, check out http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ and to become a member, you can enroll at this link: http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/schedule/. Thanks for watching and have a great day!
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Plum Health Pitch at TechTown Detroit
At Plum Health, we deliver affordable, accessible healthcare services in Detroit. Here's our winning 3 minute pitch at TechTown Detroit (http://techtowndetroit.org/) during the Retail Boot Camp Showcase event. Find out more about what we do at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/.
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Plum Health at Bamboo Detroit
This week, we held office hours at Bamboo Detroit, on Washington Boulevard in the Central Business District of Detroit. If you follow us, you know that we've spent time at WeWork Detroit and are looking to engage with PonyRide in the future. So far, we've found that the majority of our customers are small business owners or folks that are responsible for their own health care expenditures. Once these entrepreneurs know about us and what we do, they are excited about our brand and what we have to offer. That's why it's so important for us to go out into the community and meet entrepreneurs where they're at! So many times, we get so caught up in our work that we don't take the time to take care of ourselves. With Plum Health, we work on your schedule, not the other way around. And, as an entrepreneur myself, I know the hustle and work ethic that it takes to be successful, and it's easier for me to relate with my members who are entrepreneurs and vice-versa. Strategy aside, Bamboo Detroit is an excellent co-working space in the Central Business District (CBD) in Detroit. They have offices, hot desks, and great amenities for growing entrepreneurs. They invited me over for an office hours type session, and this gave me an opportunity to answer any questions their entrepreneurs had about health and wellness. I had a few moments to spare, so I shot this video - enjoy!
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Direct Primary Care in JAMA
This week, JAMA wrote an article on Direct Primary Care. One of my colleagues in medicine wrote me to ask a few follow up questions about DPC. If more doctors leave fee-for-service medicine and transition into DPC roles, will there be less capacity for patient care? ie will there be more patients without a dedicated Primary Care Physician? What about Medicaid and Medicare patients? Many medical students, residents, and practicing physicians feel an obligation to care for Medicaid/low income patients. As a DPC physician, are you abdicating your responsibility to these patients?
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Plum Health DPC entry for Excelerate America
This is Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC and this is our 30 second pitch for the Excelerate America competition. We have big plans for Plum Health, to grow from our current office in Southwest Detroit to a larger office, so that we can hire more doctors and serve more of our neighbors. Smash that like button, and give us your vote!
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Plum Health New Year
Happy New Year from Plum Health DPC!
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Plum Health message to the Drew and Mike Podcast
On the September 26th episode of the Drew and Mike Podcast, the fellas were kvetching about health care costs, and who can blame them! Drew was talking about how veterinarians discuss charges before providing care, and how that concept should be applied to the human medical field. "Wouldn't that be something?" Drew asks rhetorically. Well, it doesn't have to be a rhetorical question. It doesn't have to be a pipe dream. I'm here to tell you that Direct Primary Care doctors make their prices clear and transparent, and it's causing a revolution in health care! Here's how it works: Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a membership model for health care. Prices vary between different DPC practices, but our prices at Plum Health are $10/month for kids, $49/month for adults 18 - 40, $69/month for adults 40 - 65, and $89/month for adults 65 and up. With that membership, patients or members can come in and see the doctor any time! They can also call, text or email the doctor anytime. Further, patients or members can have access to wholesale medications, at-cost labs, and at-cost imaging services. So far we've saved our members tens of thousands of dollars on these ancillary services.
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Why Does Primary Care Cost So Much?
Primary healthcare services shouldn't be so expensive! At Plum Health DPC, we have a solution that makes quality healthcare services affordable in a way that your insurance cannot. Find out more about what we do at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ Table of Contents: 00:00 - Introduction 00:17 - Why Does Healthcare Cost So Much? 01:40 - Why Plum Health DPC is Different 02:40 - We get to know you, we set health goals 02:50 - We have time to listen to you and your needs 02:58 - We even make house calls 03:13 - Break even analysis 03:38 - Break even analysis with a larger office and more staff 03:53 - Fundraising efforts, Motor City Match 04:08 - Affordable Care Act 04:14 - Michigan Senate Bill 1033 04:20 - Direct Primary Care is a rapidly growing practice method in the US 04:33 - US Map of DPC Practices, taken from http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/ 04:42 - US Map of DPC Patient Demand from http://iwantdirectcare.com/
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Plum Health DPC Mid-December Update
This was a big week for Plum Health DPC, from pitch competitions, to community forums, to signing up a small business for our services, we are continually working to build the first Direct Primary Care service in Detroit, Michigan. More at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ Wednesday 12/7: making house calls for my members of Plum Health Thursday 12/8: Drinks x Design at PonyRide https://www.ponyride.org/#!ourstory/cjg9 in Corktown PechaKucha event http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/detroit at the Eastern in Eastern Market Saturday 12/10: working at the Urgent Care, working to fund my dream of starting Plum Health DPC Sunday 12/11: second Lions game ever at Ford Field - big win over the Bears! then helping out at Bamboo Detroit http://bamboodetroit.com/ Monday 12/12: meeting with the folks from Rock CF http://letsrockcf.org/ Tuesday 12/13: meeting with a small business in Detroit and talking about the benefits of Plum Health Wednesday 12/14: pitching at the D New Tech holiday event https://www.meetup.com/DNewTech/ at Grand Circus https://www.grandcircus.co/
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Plum Health DPC members, meet Walter
Walter is the front desk man and security guy for Detroit School for Digital Technology. He’s a man of few words, but a gentleman at heart. If you’re here to see me for an appointment, let Walter know. He will ask you to wait for a moment, knock on my door to let me know that you’ve arrived, and then I’ll pop out to meet you. If you would rather have me meet you at the door, please text me a few minutes prior to your arrival. Thanks for reading and watching, - Dr. Paul
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Plum Health Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency can be a big problem in the winter months, especially if you live up in Michigan! At Plum Health, we delivery direct primary care services, meaning that we can get you wholesale medications and at-cost laboratory services, including Vitamin D Levels. Visit our webpage now! http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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Direct Primary Care on WJR News Radio
March 9, 2018, Guy Gordon and senator Patrick Colbeck discuss direct primary care and the potential impact that it can have on the Health and wellness of Michigan residents as well as the sustainability of the Michigan economy. My name is Paul Thomas, M.D. and I am a family medicine doctor practicing in Southwest Detroit. I believe that healthcare should be affordable and accessible for everyone. I also believe that we can achieve this goal through direct primary care medicine. It is a dream of mine to see and help more family doctors and primary care physicians transition from the fee for service model of healthcare to the direct primary care model. To this end, I will be speaking at the Michigan Academy of family physicians statewide conference in mid July in Kalamazoo Michigan about this very topic. Thanks so much for reading and watching, and have a wonderful day! – Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D. you can learn more at www.plumhealthdpc.com
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Plum Health DPC New Space!
We are working on renovating a small space to bring it to our standards at Plum Health DPC - check out what we're up to in our latest video! We are at 1759 West 21st Street, Detroit Michigan - we're on the map! https://www.google.com/maps/place/Plum+Health+DPC/@42.325474,-83.0836187,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x883b32a0f932deff:0x890ba008a9039344!8m2!3d42.325474!4d-83.08143 We are in Southwest Detroit, close to Corktown, Michigan Central Station, and Mexicantown. Check us out and learn more about what we do at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/
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Plum Health + LifeLine Consulting
This week, I met Ezra Brown of LifeLine Business Consulting in Detroit, Michigan. Ezra does great work in terms of getting small business owners access to capital. Part of having a healthy community is having healthy economic opportunities for all. Find out more at: https://thelifelinenetwork.com/ Also, a big thank you to Ezra for helping me promote Plum Health! Find out more about our services at http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/ This video was shot on 12/23/2016 at our Plum Health DPC office at 1759 West 21st Street, Detroit, MI.
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Joe Biden in Detroit
On Tuesday, January 10th, Vice President Joe Biden came to our building at 1759 West 21st Street in Detroit. As a part of the proceedings surrounding the Motor City Match award ceremony, Joe Biden gave remarks. He spoke about the importance of small businesses and the integrity of neighborhoods to the functioning of cities. As a small business owner, his message resonated with me. To read the full blog post, check out our website, http://www.plumhealthdpc.com/blog/
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Plum Health Goes To Washington
This week Thursday - Saturday we're in Washington DC talking with congressional representatives, Congresswomen, Congressmen, and Senators, about Direct Primary Care Services. This is a part of the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) Direct Primary Care Summit
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