About Dr. Sharyl Truty

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Comprehensive Evaluation of Direct Primary Care (DPC)

Society of Actuaries Report:

Primary Care is Foundational; DPC provides important new alternative

Improves patient-doctor relationship

Reduces ER visits and unnecessary care, lowers costs for employers

Improves physician satisfaction

The DPC Coalition and American Academy of Family Physicians spent two years in collaboration with Milliman and the Society of Actuaries on a comprehensive evaluation of Direct Primary Care (DPC) as a growing health care delivery and financing model.   The full report was published last week by the Society of Actuaries as a part of their ongoing research on health care cost trends. The Society of Actuaries report shows how the new and growing DPC financing and delivery model provides an alternative to traditional fee-for-service-based primary care, improving the patient-doctor relationship, reducing the fragmentation of patient care, as well as personal and professional satisfaction for PCPs. 

This important research shines new actuarially sound light on how DPC generates system wide reductions in unnecessary health care utilization such as hospitalization, emergency department usage, radiology and certain diagnostics, and specialist care, leading to broad-based health care cost savings. “Primary care physicians (PCPs) are the front line of health care,” the report concludes.  “How often a patient accesses primary care, and the quality of that care, can have significant impacts on downstream costs and patient health outcomes.”  However, the study concludes, “while PCPs are almost universally acknowledged as essential to achieving the health care Triple Aim of providing high-quality care, at lower cost,” the current state of primary care as being in crisis characterized by physician burnout, large patient panels, and low pay for PCPs relative to other physician specialties with increased administrative burden and longer work hours. Key data points:

Virtual Care and Telehealth are at the core of DPC service offerings:

  • 99% of all DPC practices surveyed were doing virtual consults via text/phone as a part of the membership fee (two years prior to COVID-19).  

  • 88% said they provided “telemedicine” benefits (meaning expanded video or additional digital communications assets).

Enrollment in DPC is associated with a reduction in overall member demand for health care services outside primary care:

  • DPC members had 19.90% lower claim costs for employers on an unadjusted basis and 12.64% lower claim costs on a risk-adjusted basis during the two-year period. 

  • DPC members experienced approximately 40% fewer ER visits that those in traditional plans.

  • DPC members experienced a 53.6% reduction in ER claims cost.

  • DPC members experienced 25.54% lower hospital admissions on an unadjusted basis. While this figure may have statistically variance, it validates previous research trends showing a reduction in the use of hospitalization and more complex specialty care by DPC members.

DPC is Affordable Primary Care:

  • The average adult monthly DPC Fee is $73.92. (DPC fees are paid on a monthly subscription basis).

  • Concierge patients enrolled in an MDVIP membership pay an annual membership fee ranging from $1,650 to $2,200; MDVIP also bills third-party payers for all services provided to members.

  • The median age for DPC patient was 31.8 years old, v. 36.1 for traditional insured (PPO).  The survey finds the member mix did not vary materially between the DPC option and traditional option.

*article is courtesy of DPC Coalition

Last Saturday in the Park

Video of Tai Chi Class on May 30, 2020

Free class every last saturday of the month sponsored by Balanced Physician Care

Instruction by Tai Chi for Health & Wellness (taichihealthandwellness.com)

Location: Oceanfront Park - Jacksonville Beach, FL

COVID-19 Update 5/18/20

5/18/20 update from Sharyl Truty MD for patients of Balanced Physician Care

COVID-19 Update 4/30/20

4/30/20 update from Sharyl Truty MD for patients of Balanced Physician Care

Are You Stressed Over Covid-19 ?

Renowned Kindness Coach | Peace Activator | Hugger, Carol CC Miller of Positive Focus joins Integrative Medicine Physician, Sharyl Truty MD to talk about stress during the Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 Update 4/8/20

April 8, 2020 Coronavirus update with Sharyl Truty MD

 

Premieres at 8pm EST 4/8/20

An Epic Battle: Us vs Coronavirus

Sharyl Truty MD speaks about society's battle with the Coronavirus

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Dr. Sharyl has been engaged in family medicine, sports medicine and orthopedics for seventeen years in many different capacities. She is owner of Balanced Physician Care, a holistic, Direct Primary Care medical practice in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Her practice provides a unique solution for individuals, families, and small business owners who are seeking answers to more personalized healthcare.  She is Board Certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.  She was team physician for the Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer team, completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and received her acupuncture at the UCLA physician certification. She currently resides in Jacksonville Beach with her husband, Myke and 6-year-old son, Lukas.

Tai Chi Class – Online

Online Tai Chi Class

Instruction by Tai Chi for Health & Wellness

Sponsored by Balanced Physician Care

Location: Howell Park - Atlantic Beach, FL

Covid-19 Update

I just wanted to send out words of encouragement to our membership community.  I hear the questions and feel the tension grow each day.  Everyone wondering... How we are doing?  I believe our community and northeast Florida as a whole are doing better.  The hardwork of our community to "flatten the curve" is starting to show. We are headed in the right direction. Yet, there is still much work to be done, especially, in hospitals, but, if we continue to do the right thing, we will see even more signs of improvement and maybe an end to this pandemic.

I know we're all feeling uncomfortable during our self-quarantine but stay diligent in your efforts of social distancing for the sake of neighbors and loved ones.

I understand there is a lot of fear of what the future may bring.  I ask us not to give into fear, but to stay in the present moment and embrace the positives as much as you can.

For most of us this can be an opportunity for peace and self reflection.  Take time to be with your family and loved ones.  We will see ourselves through this.

I leave you with this thought...."Wash Your Hands & Wash Your Worry Away"

Please stay positive and reach out to us if you need anything,

Sharyl Truty MD

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Dr. Sharyl has been engaged in family medicine, sports medicine and orthopedics for over sixteen years in many different capacities. She is owner of Balanced Physician Care, a holistic, Direct Primary Care medical practice in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Her practice provides a unique solution for individuals, families, and small business owners who are seeking answers to more personalized healthcare.  She is Board Certified in Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.  She was team physician for the Chicago Red Stars women’s professional soccer team, completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and received her acupuncture at the UCLA physician certification. She currently resides in Jacksonville Beach with her husband, Myke and 6-year-old son, Lukas.

Covid-19 Update 3/20/20

Update on March 20, 2020 with Sharyl Truty MD on Covid-19 testing in Jacksonville, FL, cleaning products, and IV Therapy for virus.  

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