SOURCE: Concierge Medicine Direct

February 23, 2011 13:37 ET

Treating Primary Health Care's Pain Points: Dr. John T. Kihm Introduces Concierge Medicine Direct

Consulting Firm Offers Doctors a Prescription for Successful Transformation to Concierge Medicine

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - February 23, 2011) - Dr. John T. Kihm, MD, FACP announced today the launch of Concierge Medicine Direct (CMD), a physician-owned and operated consulting firm that counsels medical practices throughout the U.S. in all aspects of concierge medicine. Addressing the growing challenges facing primary care and non-procedural physicians, Dr. Kihm  -- who successfully transitioned his own practice to concierge medicine in 2009 -- created CMD to help other physicians in their quest to focus more on patient needs and quality care.

Physicians are building practices in an environment affected by insurance companies and governmental pressures, requiring more demanding work with less pay per unit. Doctors are frequently unable to spend as much time as they'd like with their patients due to the increase in scheduling demands. Concierge medicine (also known as direct care) offers an alternative to the traditional approach in which the patient pays an annual fee or retainer to the physician's practice in support of quality health care.

Concierge Medicine Direct is designed to save its client physicians both time and money, while enhancing the doctor/patient relationship. By assessing strengths and weaknesses, CMD identifies and mitigates risk factors, preventing costly errors in the transition process from a traditional to concierge practice. The consultancy combines proven marketing and management strategies with innovation to achieve the client objectives.

As founder and CEO of CMD, Dr. Kihm is in a position to draw upon his own conversion experience and a passion for quality health care to offer formulaic guidance in the process to others. Further, Dr. Kihm's medical background also lends depth to his consulting credential. His curriculum vitae includes a research/teaching fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, an internist group and solo practice, and now a successful concierge medical practice.

Dr. Kihm stated, "It is a true pleasure to introduce Concierge Medicine Direct in support of our profession. Having gone through months of dedicated research and preparation for transforming my practice, I've learned first-hand how the concierge medicine model has enhanced my patients' lives, as well as my own life."

For more information about Concierge Medicine Direct, visit or contact Heather McAllister at 919.306.1048 or

About Concierge Medicine Direct
Headquartered in Durham, NC, Concierge Medicine Direct is a physician-owned and operated consulting firm that counsels medical practices throughout the U.S. in all aspects of concierge medicine. A proven resource for concierge medical practice needs, we assess, advise, and transform. Our philosophy supports flexibility, allowing the physician to maintain individuality and autonomy. It is our mission to offer guidance for both physicians and their patients toward achieving better lives. Call Us. We're Listening. 919.306.1048.

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