Striking out on your own to open a concierge practice can be an exciting prospect, but the idea of being totally alone in your new career can also be pretty frightening. Many primary care physicians who work in traditional settings are part of a hospital group, in a large medical office, or subordinates of healthcare administrators and other doctors. Those who decide to change their model of healthcare delivery to private medicine in the hopes of offering better and more comprehensive care to patients may believe that they have to fly solo.
Fortunately that does not have to be the case. Many new and existing concierge doctors have discovered the benefits of joining the American Association of Private Physicians (AAPP), a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to fueling the growth of concierge and value-based practices throughout the U.S. Whether you have been practicing private medicine for a long time or you are new to the model, being part of this organization can help you improve the quality of your patient care, empower your patients, and reduce the costs of providing quality care. Here are just a few of the benefits that AAPP membership offers.
Online and In-Person Collaboration and Networking
Joining a professional organization like the AAPP gives you instant access to an entire network of people who are in the concierge medicine industry through resources such as:
- Online forums to ask questions, discuss current trends, and learn about innovation in the industry
- Venues, events, and opportunities to network with other concierge doctors
- Easy-to-use and comprehensive directory of concierge physicians so you can find and connect with other doctors in your area
These networking and engagement opportunities give you a chance to meet with thought leaders in the industry, learn about new innovations in practice models, and discuss your questions with people who are currently practicing concierge medicine. They are also a great resource to help you explore policy arguments, shape public discourse, and proactively advocate for the future of patient care with a group of supportive, collaborative, and committed peers in the industry.
Updates on Important Legislative Actions
The healthcare landscape in the U.S. has shifted dramatically in the past few years, and it continues to evolve today. As a concierge doctor it is important to keep up with all the important legislative changes and potential changes because they can have a significant impact on your practice. Many physicians don’t have the time to study all the laws, so a membership in AAPP can save time by helping you stay apprised of relevant local, state, and federal laws.
Educational and Professional Development Opportunities
AAPP membership also provides extensive educational resources and professional development opportunities. Members can attend local or national conferences and events, and access articles, topics, and webinars with advice for physicians from the comfort of a home or office.
Discounted Medical Malpractice Insurance Program
Every physician knows the importance of having quality medical malpractice insurance—and many physicians also know how expensive this protection can be. With a membership in AAPP, you get access to an endorsed medical malpractice insurance program through Contemporary Insurance Services with nationwide coverage, competitive rates, and discounts for members.
If you have ever been part of a large hospital or medical group you know the power that size can have on vendor negotiations. You don’t have to lose that bargaining power when you transition to a small private concierge practice—AAPP gives you a large network of private doctors in your area and throughout the U.S. to help negotiate manageable costs.
Finally, AAPP membership provides access to a variety of resources that can build your business and ensure you are offering the highest quality patient care. You can access organized research initiatives to demonstrate the economic and clinical advantages of private practice models to your patients and healthcare colleagues, and get guides to grow your practice while avoiding some of the most common errors that new concierge physicians make. You will also get a comprehensive directory of vendors and resources to help establish and grow a successful practice.
Many concierge physicians have discovered the benefits of membership in the AAPP. Find out more about how it can benefit you, and join us today.