"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease"
- Thomas Edison
We are entering an exciting time for primary care as there has not been a significant shift in the way care is delivered or paid for in decades. Now, physicians can offer more time with patients and lower patient loads (meaning less risk of medical errors) at a lower cost. Wouldn’t it be nice to know up front what your cost is for more than two-thirds of your medical needs? Direct Primary care (DPC) provides up front price transparency so you can make healthcare choices that fit your budget. Wouldn’t it also be nice to know that you could manage 75% of health care needs on a budget of less than $900 for the entire year?
Direct primary care puts the power back in the hands of the user. DPC providers order less unnecessary testing because we have the time to spend with each patient and make a thorough evaluation. The average physician visit for primary care is seven minutes and often people have multiple issues. We think it is poor care to be managing complex medical issues in a few minutes per issue. Physicians know that our current healthcare system is broken, dangerous and expensive but until recently have lacked the ability to do something about it. We want our patients to understand how their health issues impact their current and future health, longevity and satisfaction. We want them to know how the medications they take work and understand why they are taking them. This has been shown in numerous studies to increase compliance, decrease medication errors and decrease unintentional death or disability from medication errors. We also want those medications to be affordable to them which is why offer them for a fraction of the retail price, dispensed directly to you in our office.
Direct Primary Care is really about patient and physician empowerment. It is high quality care at reasonable cost. It is better care via more time with patients and their families than the current traditional medical system allows. It allows patients to make educated informed choices. Patients can take part in managing their costs. This increases social responsibility. Physicians can provide better care to patients through 24/7 access with technology available (cell phone, computer, email). In the current system, only face to face and occasionally phone visits are reimbursable. This creates a lot of unnecessary visits for issues that can be managed electronically. In the traditional system, patients are required to come to the office for every issue in order for the physician to be compensated for the care they provide. This is a disadvantage to many patients- people with transportation issues, mobility issues or schedule issues. Some issues can be handled without a face to face office visit.
Jill Green, MD
Dr. Green grew up in Libertyville and attended to University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. After completing her degrees in Finance and Economics, she worked in investment banking, in the mergers and acquisitions group. She decided to leave the finance field to pursue a career in medicine and earned her Doctor of Medicine at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, specializing in Family Practice. Dr. Green has practiced in both Wisconsin and Illinois. Her scope of practice includes adult preventative wellness and chronic disease management, pediatric care, prenatal care, pregnancy care, inpatient hospital care and urgent care. She keeps her skills current by practicing at 2 different Emergency Departments in Illinois and a hospital in Wisconsin. Her main areas of interest are integrative or complementary and alternative medicine and preventative medicine. Dr. Green lives in the northern suburbs with her husband and their three children. She is thrilled to be practicing in the community and helping to make the community healthier.
Family Medicine Nurse Practioner
Michele grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin and attended Marquette University, studying Nursing. She spent several years working as a cardiac nurse before pursuing her license to become a Family Nurse Practitioner through Concordia University of Wisconsin. She most recently practiced at a very busy private practice in Northern Illinois. Her areas of interest are orthopedics, dermatology and disease prevention. Michele Lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband and children along with their two dogs. She is excited to be practicing in a setting that allows her to get to know her patients on a personal level in order to provide the best care.
Laura Torres, CMA
Executive Practice Manager
Ms. Torres brings over 19 years of experience and knowledge in the medical field to our practice. She worked for a busy private practice for five years and has also worked at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care for an additional 8 years, during which time she took on several different roles. Ms. Torres holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and Management and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Health Care Management. Prior to working in healthcare, Laura spent over 15 years serving our country in the United States Army Reserves. As the go to liaison for patient care and office related issues, Ms. Torres is truly invaluable to our team. She currently resides in Southern Wisconsin where she enjoys her very large and boisterous family