Annals of Medicine
Though he keeps in touch with the staff from his private practice, only one, medical assistant Melanie Figueroa, came with him to IHA. On average, he sees about 320 patients a month. IHA would like him to see 400. "I tend to disagree with that number, but we'll see how that goes," he says. He's currently on salary, but after two years his income will depend on how many patients he sees.
The new center has far more extensive medical support services than the old walk-in clinic. On the healthy living side, Sanda texts, "They have nurses who do the Medicare wellness exams. When [they're] not overwhelmed, there are patient managers who can help patients get home care, help with finding resources to affordable medications, etc."
Sanda says some of his patients came to him from corporate practices, so "they were not happy I was joining a group." Some asked him for referrals to other private local practices, but he knew of none left to suggest.
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