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George Washington University: Lecture — Dr. Josh Umbehr, MD, on practice innovation, patient advocacy and health policy
November 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NOTE: This event takes place in the eastern time zone. Food will be provided; RSVPs are appreciated.
ALL are welcome to attend this evening presentation. Dr. Josh Umbehr from Wichita, Kansas will be in DC this Friday, Nov. 6, to speak about his creative — and increasingly spreading — approach to addressing the pressing issues of the need for medical practice innovation, patient advocacy, and workable healthcare solutions. “Dr. Josh” began AtlasMD, a direct-primary care practice, in which patients pay a modest monthly fee and in return have nearly unlimited access to primary care. This model allows doctors to have fewer patients than average, meaning more time for doctors and patients to interact. He will speak to why Direct Primary care may be the answer to better healthcare in the US.
There will be a mixer following at Mission in Dupont.
POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Thirty-five students from Georgetown, GWU, and Howard University listened for a little over two hours as Dr. Josh Umbehr discussed his innovative approach to addressing rising healthcare costs and healthcare quality for patients in rural settings. He shared with the group his unique business model for AtlasMD, a company he helped develop, and how its principles and concepts can be applied universally to areas other than just family practice and in rural settings.
A key point that Dr. Josh presented to the group was that as busy medical students we think outside the box and challenge the norms, especially in a system that has been accepted as “broken.” Dr. Josh exemplified the ability to challenge the status quo with AtlasMD and the benefits he is able to provide his patients. He also spent some time pressing the group to think about how health insurance is different from other forms of insurance, and the appropriateness—as well the consequences of the current ideology around it.
Dr. Josh spent the last 30 minutes or so of the discussion running through some example scenarios on how he is able to save his patients’ money. One example was in the area of prescriptions. He demonstrated systems he uses to discuss with his patients what prescriptions would be best for them based not only on effectiveness, but also cost. It surprised many of the students to discover that some prescriptions can be purchased for even less than the cost of some insurance plans’ co-pays.
“Dr. Josh went far beyond expectation with his speaking engagement. He went an hour past the hour we reserved for the talk due to group interest. He also joined the group at a social event after to allow for more discussion on a more informal level.” ~Jacob Leedekerken, BRI-GWU leader & event organizer
“Dude, that was an amazing talk yesterday. So interesting!!!”
“He’s the best! I’m bummed I didn’t get to speak with Dr. Josh more! I had to duck out at 8 to meet a friend for dinner. I was dying.”
“One thousand dollars! — I’m sold — let’s keep the conversations going.”