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"I initially joined HealthFirst because the savings in malpractice insurance more than covered membership dues. I have since come to rely on HealthFirst as my main link to advocacy for independent practice, and for support in decisions ranging from joining an Accountable Care Organization to aid with documenting PQRS standards. HealthFirst has been at the forefront of the pay parity legislation in Montpelier. They strongly advocated against and helped defeat the private practice provider tax and have successfully worked to bring Medicaid reimbursements in line with Medicare payments. The work done, with unity between independent specialists and primary care physicians, has created new and strong bonds for my practice, and for me personally. I strongly believe that the private practice model of care creates the best results, is the most cost effective and is the most patient friendly system offered. HealthFirst works tirelessly and has been successful in helping to level the playing field with employed practices. This has made a huge difference in my ability to continue to practice the type of medicine I prefer."Paul Rogers, M.D., Family Medicine
"Our independent practice has reaped many benefits from our HealthFirst membership. The most tangible is the savings on our medical malpractice premiums - this alone more than covers membership dues. In addition, HealthFirst’s listserv and regular meetings give us easy access to other members who are eager to collaboratively address the challenges unique to independent practices. Information and ideas are shared on many topics including healthcare reform, regulation and compliance, EMR utilization, workflow optimization, and practice policies. These resources are invaluable to me as Practice Manager of a small office. Before joining HealthFirst, we questioned if it was worth our money, wondering what was in it for us. We don’t wonder anymore! HealthFirst has proven to be an invaluable resource to us as well as the overall Vermont healthcare industry. We are extremely proud to be HealthFirst members, and highly recommend this forward-thinking association to our peers."Mary Lahiff, Practice Manager
"After 24 years of practice in Family Medicine, I find myself feeling frustrated with the possibility of not being able to continue as a private practitioner for much longer. I left a faculty position 20 years ago, and an employed position 10 years ago, and I know that even with the challenges of practice ownership, I can provide the most personal, quality and accountable care in private practice. As valuable as my practice is to Vermonters, one thing is certain, I need options. I need an organization that will actively work to support my practice as it changes and to help shape those changes...not from an institutional perspective...but from my and my patients' view. Being part of an organized effort, designed and directed by physicians, will at least offer us a rare opportunity not only of survival, but of prosperity and satisfaction in practice."Paul Reiss, M.D., Family Medicine
"My small (2 physician) ophthalmology practice struggles every day. After having spent 8 years in a medical center controlled employment environment before striking out on my own 5 years ago I am certain that I do not want to return to my former model (or anything like it). The private medical practices in our region need an organization under which we can identify and work together to solve problems that exist across areas of clinical practice, and the most effective and forceful way do to do that will be at a statewide level. Please join us as member of Healthfirst and consider an investment in the future of your practice and your patients' needs."David Weissgold, M.D., Ophthalmology
"We should begin to think of ourselves as a network, providing high quality care at an exceptional value to our patients first, and to the payers second. It is clear from the recently reported facilities fee data that private physicians are reimbursed significantly less than the hospital based practices, though we provide the kind of personal care Vermonters want and deserve."Joseph Nasca, M.D., Pediatrician