I wish to
welcome the readers to our first IPALC patient newsletter. The
Independent Physician's Association of Lee County is a regional doctors
association. Our mission is about patient centered care. We
value the doctor-patient relationship as the primary focus.
association has been in place for several years. 2015 represents my
second year as the president. Patients of mine know that I am a fierce
advocate for both patients and doctors. Over my 20 plus years of
being a doctor, I have witnessed numerous assaults on our
relationship mostly with the battle-cry of cost as the reason for
the interference. With each passing regulation reportedly passed as
an attempt to make your doctors better we find ourselves (doctors
and patients alike) more and more separated from direct contact,
disillusioned and discouraged. IPALC is a positive response to this
recognizes that doctors taking care of patients is what our
profession is about. Remaining independent is critical to allowing
your doctor to keep you as their primary focus. Being owned and
operated by outside entities creates conflicts of interest which is
rapidly and instinctually felt by patients.I encourage readers
to check out our website. It functions as a source of
information. Your independent doctors are featured on this website.
You can learn about different doctors and their practices. You can seek a
referral using our various search options. If you find this
option difficult to use, simply send us an e-mail and
we will help assist you in getting the answer you seek.
Not only are
we availing ourselves to the public but our association is actively
working to improve patient access within the community. We
routinely inform the hospital system of community problems but also
offer constructive solutions. As an example, recently Dr.
Khalid Sabha and I were involved with hospital administration,
orthopedic physicians and hospitalists to help rollout an acute
fracture care pathway.
the prices of generic medications are jumping double and triple
digits- this makes no market sense and we independent doctors know
this and plan to address this! We have a committee currently
working on developing a prescription list (formulary) of
medications our association of doctors routinely recommend. We plan
to make this list public information. We are doing this in an
attempt to take back proper control of the medications you are
offered and exposed to- based upon safety, effectiveness and
cost. Effectiveness, safety, ease of use and cost are
all factors in prescription value. Who is best qualified to know
these variables more than a doctor of medicine?
encouraged to send us request for topics they want covered or other
areas of interest. I have a free e-book that
contains tasty and healthy recipes from my prior practice patient
newsletter. I encourage you
and your friends to download this.
of IPALC would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be of
service to you. If you don't presently see one of our fine doctors,
pleases consider us for any future needs.
Raymond W. Kordonowy
MD ABIM ABCL, President of IPALC