October 26, 2010– MDVIP, the national leader in personalized preventive primary care, announced today that Karl N. Dannehl, M.D., FACP, and Wyman P. Sloan III, M.D., FACP, with the Piedmont Physicians Group in Atlanta, GA, recently opened their new MDVIP practice. This will enable them to focus on delivering a higher level of personalized healthcare with an emphasis on prevention, not just the treatment of illness. Both physicians are board certified in internal medicine and are affiliated with Piedmont Hospital.
“Maintaining a high volume of patients typical in traditional primary care makes it nearly impossible to focus on the individualized needs of each patient. With the MDVIP model, my patients and I will have a partnership to keep them healthier 365 days of the year, not just in the doctor’s office. I will have time to listen, time to examine, and the time to determine the goals of my patients so I can best serve their needs and interests,” Dr. Dannehl said.
“By affiliating with MDVIP, I’ll be able to dedicate myself to delivering better care and results with improved outcomes and significantly lower hospitalization rates for patients,” Dr. Sloan added “Additionally, patients in the MDVIP model renew annually at 92 percent and have a 95 percent satisfaction rate.”
In healthcare today, physicians frequently step in at the diagnosis stage, which is often too late. This, of course, means the patient is not getting the earliest possible care, which is the best chance of complete recovery, and it’s also more costly for the patient and the system. For patients of physicians with MDVIP, hospitalizations are reduced by 75 percent for Medicare patients and 65 percent for those with commercial insurance. This is linked to the physicians’ ability to spend more time with patients to engage in preventive care and to intercede quickly.
MDVIP-affiliated practices are significantly smaller than traditional practices allowing physicians to have closer relationships with their patients and a more thorough knowledge of their lifestyle, medical history and overall well-being. The cornerstone of the MDVIP program is the annual, comprehensive executive-style physical exam and wellness plan which is included in the $1500 membership. The side benefits of a smaller practice setting is that office visits are a minimum of 30 minutes and are unhurried and last as long as necessary. Patients also receive their physician’s cell phone number and email address so they can reach them after hours or in an emergency. With over 430 affiliated physicians nationwide, MDVIP patients may also utilize the travel and reciprocity program whereby patients who visit or travel to another state and have an urgent care need may see any of the MDVIP physicians in that area on the same day, too.
Dr. Karl Dannehl received his undergraduate degree Cum Laude from Duke University and his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago. He completed his internship and residency at Emory University School of Medicine. He has practiced internal medicine at Piedmont for 25 years.
Dr. Wyman Sloan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his medical degree from the Medical School of Georgia. He completed his internship and residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN. He has practiced internal medicine at Piedmont for 25 years.