GROUP “Drop-In” DOCTOR VISITS ARE EVOLVING?

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ST. LOUIS STADIUM VACATED BY RAMS TO BE USED FOR GROUP DOCTOR VISITS

By Winona Woodward [Health TurnUp News]

AFTER THE NFL APPROVED relocation of the Rams football team from St. Louis to Los Angeles, Edward Jones Dome stadium administrators knew they faced a big task in front of them, trying to find a new major tenant for the facility. Stadium officials have just announced the Greater Saint Louis Purchaser and Provider Coalition has entered into an exclusive lease for the stadium to be used for group doctor visits.

Group doctor visits, a relatively new innovation garnering increased interest in the past few years, typically involve up to a dozen patients or so and offer various efficiencies as well as benefits of shared discussion and experiences. Warn Kurter, Executive Director of the Greater Saint Louis Purchaser and Provider Coalition says

“we have decided to take group doctor visits to a whole new level, in partnership with area health plans, employers and providers, to create the world’s largest group doctor visit venue. Now tens of thousands of patients can undergo a visit with a team of doctors stationed at midfield and televised over the JumboTron. How cool is that?”

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The Coalition’s Kurter points out that the savings in terms of dollars, time and resources from combining patient visits on a group scale in the tens of thousands will be, in Kurter’s words, “Ginormous.” Not only that, but the Coalition has negotiated financial participation in the stadium food and beverage concessions during the group visits, according to Kurter.

“We’re also going to ensure the group visits are produced as an event that patients won’t want to miss. We will start each session with a rousing Star Spangled Banner performed by a major recording artist, and we’ll provide engaging halftime entertainment in the middle of the session while the doctors and their staff take their break,”

Kurter added.

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