Episode 037: A Rheumatologist Says No to the Joint Commission. Leaving the Third Party Pay System with Dr. Ellen McKnight.

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I have spent a lot of time discussing innovative ways of delivering medical care on this show and it has primarily been based around primary care. However, those who are specialists who traditionally practiced using third party payors (Medicare, Medicaid, commercial) are also beginning to strike out on their own and switch to cash pay. The reason for this is that the cost of using insurance and the lack of access allows these specialists to find a market for the type of medicine they want to practice.

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