When family physician Jeff Davis isnt on his new farm raising horses, chickens, a donkey and a rooster named Cogburn, youll find him at Prairie Health and Wellness, 12115 E. 21st St.
Davis purchased the practice in March, which was previously Prairie Gynecology.
I had for years been wanting to explore a more direct model of care and so the opportunity really presented itself, Davis said. What were passionate about here is that we provide affordable care directly to patients and really are trying to simplify health care in general.
Hes a graduate of Southeast High School and attended Baylor University for his undergraduate and graduate degrees and the University of Texas for medical school. He previously practiced at Primary Care Associates.
Davis and his wife, Julie, have four children.
Q. 1 What got you interested in medicine?
A. I always was fascinated by the science of the body and how our biology and physiology worked. Those were my favorite subjects in college. So naturally, pursuing that as a physician just felt like the right step to take.
The thing that frustrated me once I got into residency, though, was how little basic science we really dealt with. It felt like we were more just matching a problem to a drug. What I love about functional medicine is we really get back to the basics of science with problems, which is so cool in my mind.
Q. 2 2 What is functional medicine?
A. Functional medicine is what Im most excited about. In functional medicine we try to understand the root cause of a persons health problems. So how it differs a little from my training in allopathic medicine, which is traditional medicine, is we look if theres a hormonal or nutritional deficiency thats causing a problem. Or maybe theres something the patient is doing or not doing in their lifestyle that could fix the problem.
Im amazed at how many people come to me and theyre on 15 medications and they tell me I dont feel good any more, and a lot of their symptoms are from the medication theyre on. So when possible, in functional medicine we really try to restore function using evidence-based approaches whether it be nutritional, supplemental or hormonal therapies.
Q.3 Why did you want to try a concierge model at your new practice?
A. I dont call it concierge because concierge to me sounds like its very elitist. If youve ever seen a concierge practice, every single one is different. Some are, If you pay me $20,000 a year, Ill be your doctor. Who can afford that?
So what I did is I looked at all the codes that we typically bill for in an insurance-based business and asked the question What could I charge if I didnt have the overhead of billing and insurance? And since I didnt have that overhead, I could pass that savings on to patients. So its a direct-care model.
Q.4 So you dont handle insurance at your office?
A. We provide insurance and billing codes so people can submit their claims themselves, even providing them the paperwork.
For physicians to submit codes you have to have a billing department and often a claims scrubbing firm that charges a certain percent to submit claims to insurance companies, and then you have to have somebody on the back end whos watching to make sure all those claims got paid. Its surprisingly simple for patients to turn in a claim. They attach a one- or two-page form along with our bill, mail it in, and Blue Cross Blue Shield sends them a check and they get reimbursed directly from an insurance company.
We allow patients to use that benefit but we dont want to be benefit managers. We have monthly memberships or pay as you go.
Q. 5 Any plans for future growth?
A. Right now we want to make this model work for our existing patients. Ive had some providers call me and say, Let me know when youre interested in expanding because Im tired of doing medicine the way Ive been doing it.