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Innovative Concierge Health Care Practice Now Open to the Public

Concierge health care services are now available to the public for the first time in Omaha with the opening of Bessmer-Schwab, PC. this week.



Joel Bessmer, M.D., FACP and Robert Schwab, M.D., both primary care physicians, opened the private practice at 105 S. 90th Street. Bessmer-Schwab, PC is a Members.MD affiliate clinic.

Concierge health care is a relatively new model in which an individual pays an annual retainer in exchange for improved access to a primary care physician of his or her choice, according to Dr. Bessmer. Some of the benefits to the individual include direct cell phone access, e-mail communication, same-to-next-day visits, and online secured access to personal health records. The primary care physician is able to commit the time to these personalized services because his or her patient practice is reduced to around 400 individuals, compared to the more than 2,000 patients typically seen by a primary care physician annually.

"This is the kind of medicine most physicians dream of practicing when they are in medical school," Dr. Bessmer said, "We want to have time with our patients, to give them the most comprehensive health care available. Under this model, we can accomplish this."

Prior to forming Bessmer-Schwab, PC, Dr. Bessmer served as associate professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, assistant program director of Internal Medicine Residency, Medical Director of the UNMC Physicians Turner Park Clinic, and co-program director of the UNMC Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. Dr. Schwab served as Medical Director at both UMA Brentwood and UNMC Physicians Ambulatory Clinics before opening Bessmer-Schwab, PC.

Members.MD is an Omaha-based company offering concierge health care services to the public and assisting physicians with converting their practices to fit the concierge model. For more information, please visit www.Members.md.

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