ADDING MULTIMEDIA New MDVIP Study Reveals Personalized Preventive Care Yields Decreased Costs and Better Health Management

The study evaluated the impact of delivering individualized care
focused on lifestyle behavior modification and disease prevention on
quality-related metrics

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new study in Population
Health Management
from MDVIP
(MD-Value In Prevention) highlights how a primary care model based on
personalized preventive care achieves definitive cost savings and
improved health management within three years of adoption. The study,
appearing in the February 2016 edition of the peer-reviewed journal,
reinforces earlier research published in 2012 in the American
Journal of Managed
(AJMC) proving
the efficacy of the MDVIP model.

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact on healthcare usage
and expense trends for patients participating in a personalized
preventive care program over the course of three years. This analysis
included a commercial population of over 10,000 MDVIP members and 10,000
control patients.

The study findings include:

  • Utilization trends for years 1, 2 and 3 investigated the potential
    source of healthcare savings and found significantly lower rates for
    emergency room visits and urgent care facility use by MDVIP members
    versus control patients.
  • Average medical and pharmacy expenditure trends for years 1, 2 and 3
    indicated that members’ cost trends exceeded those of control
    patients, but the gap narrowed over time that by year 3 expenditures
    between the two were similar. The initial increase was driven by
    pharmaceutical costs indicating greater oversight by MDVIP-affiliated
    physicians and compliance by their members.
  • Over time, the health plan realized increasing cost savings for
    members as compared to non-members.
  • While older age groups were more likely to realize savings in the
    early years indicating chronic condition management, the younger age
    groups were most likely to achieve savings by the third year,
    supporting the hypothesis that prevention saves money.

“The data speaks for itself and corroborates several of our other
studies published in journals like the AJMC, Future Cardiology,
and International Journal of Person Centered Medicine showing the
clinical and economic value of a close doctor-patient partnership that
enables a level of personalized care that’s just not possible in volume
medicine today. This is a key reason why we’re keeping people out of the
hospital, out of urgent care centers and emergency rooms and delivering
better health outcomes. MDVIP is the flag bearer for the goals of
healthcare reform relating to enhanced patient-physician relationships
focused on preventive care that drive improved outcomes and reduced
costs. Our model proves that we’re doing it right on all fronts,” said
Dr. Andrea Klemes, Chief Medical Officer of MDVIP.

The innovative MDVIP model, with its emphasis on promoting healthy
lifestyle behaviors and identifying and preventing disease while
addressing care coordination, differs from a traditional primary care
practice that concentrates primarily on reactive care to address
symptoms and acute health problems. The model leverages the breadth of
experience of physicians who provide an annual 60-90 minute wellness
visit that includes health screenings, advanced diagnostic testing and
personalized coaching for nutrition and exercise. With a smaller panel
of approximately 600 patients, as opposed to the 2,000 or more in a
conventional primary care practice, the MDVIP doctor and patient have
the time to work together to develop a customized wellness plan they
implement throughout the year.

The study was conducted by Optum. Contributing researchers include:
Shirley Musich, PhD, Shaohung Wang, PhD, Kevin Hawkins, PhD, and Andrea
Klemes, DO, FACE.

The article, “The
Impact of Personalized Preventive Care on Healthcare Quality,
Utilization and Expenditures,”
is published online in Population
Health Management


MDVIP, Inc. is the national leader in affordable personalized healthcare
offered by over 830 affiliated primary care physicians across the United
States who are committed to empowering people to take charge of their
health. MDVIP physicians limit the size of their practices in order to
invest the time needed to provide highly individualized service and
attention, including a comprehensive preventive care program and
customized wellness plan. Published outcomes comparing MDVIP members to
patients in traditional primary care practices include lower
hospitalization rates, which yield significant cost savings to patients,
employers, insurers and the healthcare system. Celebrating its 15th
anniversary this year, MDVIP was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in
Boca Raton, Florida. For more information, visit MDVIP on our website,
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About the Journal

Health Management
is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal
published bimonthly in print and online that reflects the expanding
scope of healthcare management and quality. The Journal delivers a
comprehensive, integrated approach to the field of population health and
provides information designed to improve the systems and policies that
affect health care quality, access, and outcomes. Comprised of
peer-reviewed original research papers, clinical research, and case
studies, the content encompasses a broad range of chronic diseases (such
as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression,
and obesity) in addition to focusing on various aspects of prevention
and wellness. Tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Population
Health Management
website. Population Health Management is
the official journal of the Population Health Alliance.


Nancy Udell, 561-310-5455
Director, Media Relations