When family physician Jeff Davis isn’t on his new farm raising horses, chickens, a donkey and a rooster named Cogburn, you’ll 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 we’re passionate about here is that we provide affordable care directly to patients and really are trying to simplify health care in general.”
He’s 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.
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.
I’m amazed at how many people come to me and they’re on 15 medications and they tell me “I don’t feel good any more,” and a lot of their symptoms are from the medication they’re 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.
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 didn’t have the overhead of billing and insurance?” And since I didn’t have that overhead, I could pass that savings on to patients. So it’s a direct-care model.
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 who’s watching to make sure all those claims got paid. It’s 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 don’t want to be benefit managers. We have monthly memberships or pay as you go.