Physicians Park Primary Care

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curious

Van Nuys, CA

#1 Sep 15, 2009
Anyone know what's going on at that place? Looks like they have a problem in management.
curious

Van Nuys, CA

#2 Sep 15, 2009
I mean where Dr. Caldwell and all those guys are, Physicians Park
GUEST

United States

#3 Sep 15, 2009
They have no management! That's the problem!!
guest

Faridabad, India

#4 Sep 15, 2009
they do have management. unfortunately, the management is a big loudmouth buffoon that knows as much about health care as do the politicians. that whole place is a joke.
GUEST wrote:
They have no management! That's the problem!!
Sick

Poplar Bluff, MO

#5 Sep 15, 2009
guest wrote:
they do have management. unfortunately, the management is a big loudmouth buffoon that knows as much about health care as do the politicians. that whole place is a joke.
<quoted text>
What do you expect? They hand picked him from the local Hospital and look at the shape it's in.
truth seeker

Poplar Bluff, MO

#6 Sep 15, 2009
It is a zoo. What kind of place hosts a radical right wing zealot and try to disguise it as "health reform"???
....maybe it should just be called "try to keep our incomes up".
Sorry if cynical but I do look for the place to fold.
Healthcare peaked in the 80 and 90's. I guess someone should tell them. But then again they are "connected"....hum.. . I think staying with a provider that has things paid for and doesn't need to order every test in the book does have something to be said in these times.
Do i REALLY need that sleep study? Come on.....
ex employee

Poplar Bluff, MO

#7 Sep 15, 2009
I worked there for a short period and the management is not a ex hospital employee. I believe you are thinking of the manager of the copper top building. The manager of the primary care is a female and has been there 25 years. She was good to me just stretched to far.
Max

Turtle Lake, ND

#8 Sep 15, 2009
ex employee wrote:
I worked there for a short period and the management is not a ex hospital employee. I believe you are thinking of the manager of the copper top building. The manager of the primary care is a female and has been there 25 years. She was good to me just stretched to far.
Michael Burcham is CEO of the PoplarBluff Med Partners and is over the whole show/side show. Today I was there and at the front desk was a letter signed by him. It was asking for us to take a stack of letters and send to our Sen/Reps. The letters were asking for them to pass an emergency legislation, so they could avoid losing $$$$$ due to cutbacks in Medicare reimbursment for imaging procedures. Cry me a river, this is the problem with heathcare now. Unecessary procedures.

Ummmm you need an ultrasound...opps....didnt get enough information from that....better get a catscan....nope that didnt work...lets try an MRI....hmmmm...you have gas...oh my

I find it interesting them hosting a right wing extremist group "americans for prosperity". It was right in the front door, as I was told.

The CEO, I read in the paper, was speaking at the TEA party this Sunday past.

Now he wants me to send a letter to my congressmen, because they are getting their funding cut....the cut by the way was signed into law, in 2005 BY G W Bush, reduction act for the national debt. I looked it up after thinking about it.
ex employee

Poplar Bluff, MO

#9 Sep 16, 2009
Mr Burcham is not the manager of Primary Care, just call and ask him. There are 2 managers of Primary Care and they have both been there from what I understand for several years.
You Cant Fix Stupid

United States

#10 Sep 16, 2009
If your feel your doctor is ordering unneccessary tests,force them to explain why it is neccessary.
If they refuse,take your unhappy ass elsewhere and see what another doc thinks.
When doc's get reimbursed for tests on expensive equipment they own to help pay for it,are you really shocked they order extras?
Why do you think Varma did a fingerstick on everyone who came in-he owned the lab,got paid for the stick,the test,the supplies he used,etc.etc.He just got caught,but read the above posts-he's not the only one ordering unneccesary CRAP!
This is how medicine is practiced in America for the most part.Small offices without an MRI to pay for wouldn't order them as much.
We use a small town doc in Dexter,that has never ordered any BS tests,and all bloodwork we are allowed to do here in the Bluff at Kneibert,because they are cheaper,extended hours so we don't have to leave work,and they are really good at drawing blood.
I'm not bashing the skills of the Coppertop docs,but I never wait over 15 minutes to see my internist,he doesn't triple book or use an FNP.
I respect his time,and he sure respects mine!
guest

Marion, IL

#11 Sep 16, 2009
You are right. You are living breathing proof that you cant fix stupid.

People come to America for health care from across the world because we have the best here. The BEST care is also EXPENSIVE. We are trying for health care reform because we can no longer afford the "best" for everyone.

You may have a point that owning xrays and labs MAY cause docs to perform more tests. Money may be one reason, but malpractice is definitely another.

We know that lawsuits DO cause docs to do all kind of tests.The reason is simple: people complain and cry fraud only when their family and friends have good health. Just wait until the doc (or around here his nurse practitioner) did not do the blood test that would have saved little Sally from dying from leukemia, or saved Grandpa from going blind, or Dad from having his leg amputated from diabetes that wasn't controlled, or the MRI that would have detected Mom's cancer that is now untreatable, and on and on. When this happens, and no tests were done, I guarantee that they all scream MALPRACTICE and they sic their army of lawyers on the doctor who did not do enough.

So if too many tests are done, people say FRAUD. if not enough are done, its MALPRACTICE. What would you rather have if you were the doctor? Jail or malpractice. Tough choice, huh Einstein?

If your brain was as swift as your mouth, you would know that doctors pay in malpractice insurance more than the salary most people bring home in a year. And that is if you are fortunate enough to have never been sued. Doctors that have been sued and specialists can pay more than 100K per year just for insurance.

So do they make money from tests? Yes. Do they save paying out malpractice and insurance if they cover their asses? Yes.

I looked up Varma on casenet. He is 80 years old and never been sued.

Maybe there is something to those blood tests after all?

I hope for your sake that statistics are on your side, and maybe you and your family will be spared the horror of cancer or the slow and painful death of chronic diseases that go undetected. All I can say is that if your Dexter doc never does any "BS tests" and you prefer the "quick and cheap type docs", as you put it, you are probably far too superficial a thinker to appreciate the lower level of health care that you and the wife and kids are getting.

It is great if you are happy with your Dexter doc--hey, to each their own.
You Cant Fix Stupid wrote:
If your feel your doctor is ordering unneccessary tests,force them to explain why it is neccessary.
If they refuse,take your unhappy ass elsewhere and see what another doc thinks.
When doc's get reimbursed for tests on expensive equipment they own to help pay for it,are you really shocked they order extras?
Why do you think Varma did a fingerstick on everyone who came in-he owned the lab,got paid for the stick,the test,the supplies he used,etc.etc.He just got caught,but read the above posts-he's not the only one ordering unneccesary CRAP!
This is how medicine is practiced in America for the most part.Small offices without an MRI to pay for wouldn't order them as much.
We use a small town doc in Dexter,that has never ordered any BS tests,and all bloodwork we are allowed to do here in the Bluff at Kneibert,because they are cheaper,extended hours so we don't have to leave work,and they are really good at drawing blood.
I'm not bashing the skills of the Coppertop docs,but I never wait over 15 minutes to see my internist,he doesn't triple book or use an FNP.
I respect his time,and he sure respects mine!
guest

Marion, IL

#12 Sep 16, 2009
He is the CEO of Poplar Bluff Medical Partners. Primary Care Docs (Caldwell, Piland, Montgomery and etc.) is the boss of Coppertop Medical Building.

They are good docs I guess but the CEO is a big old joke. Everyone around here knows that.
ex employee wrote:
Mr Burcham is not the manager of Primary Care, just call and ask him. There are 2 managers of Primary Care and they have both been there from what I understand for several years.
You Cant Fix Stupid

United States

#13 Sep 16, 2009
guest wrote:
You are right. You are living breathing proof that you cant fix stupid.
People come to America for health care from across the world because we have the best here.
So do they make money from tests? Yes. Do they save paying out malpractice and insurance if they cover their asses? Yes.
I looked up Varma on casenet. He is 80 years old and never been sued.
Maybe there is something to those blood tests after all?
All I can say is that if your Dexter doc never does any "BS tests" and you prefer the "quick and cheap type docs", as you put it, you are probably far too superficial a thinker to appreciate the lower level of health care that you and the wife and kids are getting.
It is great if you are happy with your Dexter doc--hey, to each their own.
<quoted text>
Wow,you really told me off-lol.
Actually "guest"America is 37th in healthcare-right up there with Costa Rica,according to WHO.
I know I go to a finer doc than any in Poplar Bluff because he is up to date,considerate and sharp as a tack.His education is impeccable. He doesn't take any new patients because his dance card is full.
You missed my point entirely-no patient should ever be subjected to any test or medical procedure if the don't know why.You are purchasing service from your doctor on the highest order,you had better feel like you can talk to him or her.The original posters did not trust that all the tests being done were justified or properly explained.
I'm not saying any PB internists are quacks,just my time is valuable too. I never mentioned their overhead,sure it's high,but with hiring FNP's to see so many patients,it helps them stay profitable.
I'll not call you a bunch of names,I'm better than that.Mock the care I get at Dexter,I'm in the office 15 minutes and called back to get vitals,I see my Dr. within 30 minutes and he spends time explaining and discussing anything with me.If I need any further testing,he'd explain it,not just order it.We are back home while you are still in the waiting room.
I've worked with everyone of these doc's in PB and trust me,none of them are worth a four or more hour wait-that's overbooking.
KeithP

United States

#14 Sep 16, 2009
guest wrote:
You are right. You are living breathing proof that you cant fix stupid.
People come to America for health care from across the world because we have the best here. The BEST care is also EXPENSIVE. <quoted text>
You are sooooo very mistaken!!!! Because we (USA) spend more money than any other country on healthcare, doesnt make us the best. We spend more money and still 23rd in mortality rates compared to all countries in this world. There is no way I would wait to see an overbooked Dr, never, and you dont have to either.

As far as the politics, it really suprises me the Dr's that own this place would ever allow such a nice facility become a political bunker. Allowing the CEo to host this bunch of radicals (American Prosperity) and represent that place, they must agree. They must think everyone thinks like them. I am a small business owner and provide my employees with health insurance. My employees choose where they want to go. I they ask for my advice, I'll recommend the place down the street. Does anyone know if its true about the TEA PArty?

Please keep politics away from my treatment
Kevin

Matteson, IL

#15 Sep 17, 2009
guest wrote:
they do have management. unfortunately, the management is a big loudmouth buffoon that knows as much about health care as do the politicians. that whole place is a joke.
<quoted text>
Now that hit the nail on the head, lol!
guest

Marion, IL

#16 Sep 17, 2009
You plainly have never been outside of the immediate area. If you were informed,you would know that that people come here from everywhere for health care.

I have, unfortunately, had lots of health problems, and I have over the last 15 years been to Harvard, Mayo Clinic, Barnes, Cleveland Clinic, UCLA and others. If you go to Mayo or Cleveland, for example, you will see fancy 5 star hotels attached to the clinics. You will be greeted by bellhops and limo drivers that speak multiple languages. You will see brochures, menus,advertisements, etc. in many different languages. They even have scores of multi-lingual public relations people who help patients and their families around the hospital and the city too, at no charge.

When you visit there, it sometimes looks like a foreign country.

They don't go to Cleveland or Mayo (Minnesota) in the dead of winter for the weather. They go because that is where the best of the best are--in every field of medicine: cardiac, renal, respiratory, GI, cancer, transplants, and on and on.

The foreigners have unlimited money to go anywhere. They choose to come here. They return. Regularly.

A word about those "statistics" that you and other posters cite. Those numbers will continue to be abysmal because our society continues to smoke, drink, eat poorly, sit on the couch, and remain unemployed. Yet, they expect to live, no matter the cost. If you want numbers, look at those that measure how fat our children are. And that they get fatter and less active every year. We may have the best and smartest doctors (most of whom are foreigners), but they can't perform miracles on sedentary, obese hillbillies who do nothing but smoke, drink, eat, and sleep.

Other countries eat better, exercise, and are healthier.Look at the rate of diabetes and heart disease in China, India, Japan, and throughout Europe. And then look at ours. We are at a near epidemic with diabetes. Stroke, heart attacks, blindess, and death predictably follow. Yeah, our numbers are poor.

It is because we are fat, lazy, and stupid. If you think the numbers are bad now, just wait till the chunky diabetic kids grow up into unproductive, obese adults with all of the strokes, heart attacks, and failed kidneys that will be epidemic in nature.

But other than you schlepping to Stoddard County for your quickie internal medicine visits, you don't see people from the U.S. going anywhere else for health care now, do you???

That's what I thought. As before, you really can't fix stupid.
You Cant Fix Stupid wrote:
<quoted text>Wow,you really told me off-lol.
Actually "guest"America is 37th in healthcare-right up there with Costa Rica,according to WHO.
I know I go to a finer doc than any in Poplar Bluff because he is up to date,considerate and sharp as a tack.His education is impeccable. He doesn't take any new patients because his dance card is full.
You missed my point entirely-no patient should ever be subjected to any test or medical procedure if the don't know why.You are purchasing service from your doctor on the highest order,you had better feel like you can talk to him or her.The original posters did not trust that all the tests being done were justified or properly explained.
I'm not saying any PB internists are quacks,just my time is valuable too. I never mentioned their overhead,sure it's high,but with hiring FNP's to see so many patients,it helps them stay profitable.
I'll not call you a bunch of names,I'm better than that.Mock the care I get at Dexter,I'm in the office 15 minutes and called back to get vitals,I see my Dr. within 30 minutes and he spends time explaining and discussing anything with me.If I need any further testing,he'd explain it,not just order it.We are back home while you are still in the waiting room.
I've worked with everyone of these doc's in PB and trust me,none of them are worth a four or more hour wait-that's overbooking.
Just a Mom

Poplar Bluff, MO

#17 Sep 17, 2009
You Cant Fix Stupid wrote:
If your feel your doctor is ordering unneccessary tests,force them to explain why it is neccessary.
If they refuse,take your unhappy ass elsewhere and see what another doc thinks.
When doc's get reimbursed for tests on expensive equipment they own to help pay for it,are you really shocked they order extras?
Why do you think Varma did a fingerstick on everyone who came in-he owned the lab,got paid for the stick,the test,the supplies he used,etc.etc.He just got caught,but read the above posts-he's not the only one ordering unneccesary CRAP!
This is how medicine is practiced in America for the most part.Small offices without an MRI to pay for wouldn't order them as much.
We use a small town doc in Dexter,that has never ordered any BS tests,and all bloodwork we are allowed to do here in the Bluff at Kneibert,because they are cheaper,extended hours so we don't have to leave work,and they are really good at drawing blood.
I'm not bashing the skills of the Coppertop docs,but I never wait over 15 minutes to see my internist,he doesn't triple book or use an FNP.
I respect his time,and he sure respects mine!
Would you mind telling the name of your doctor in Dexter? Am looking for a new one for my Mom-every time she goes to hers there he wants tests, tests, tests! I don't really know the docs there anymore.
You Cant Fix Stupid

United States

#18 Sep 17, 2009
Just a Mom wrote:
<quoted text>Would you mind telling the name of your doctor in Dexter? Am looking for a new one for my Mom-every time she goes to hers there he wants tests, tests, tests! I don't really know the docs there anymore.
Certainly, he is Dr.Reza Jalal at Doctor's Park,next to the hospital at Dexter. six two four-seven seven eight eight.
Patient

Warrenton, MO

#19 Sep 17, 2009
I use one of the physicians at this facility. He and the other doctor's there are trying to provide those of us in this area with a better place to get heakthcare - AND it is costing them a bundle out of their own pockets!! Sometimes they may order extra tests - some of it is because of rthe worry about malpractice suits and some of it is probably to help recover some of their expenses. BUT bottom line is I believe they went out there and used some of their own money and assests to help us SO...... we should support them. You can always question why you must have a certain tests and opt not to have the test if that is what you prefer after hearing the reason.
Guest

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Sep 17, 2009
As for the CEO at PB Medical Partners. He is amazing. He has helped that facility out more than anyone will ever know. I was a patient before Mr. Burcham and after Mr. Burcham took the ceo position and I can say it is much better with him there.
The reason why he has posted any information regarding the 2010 Medicare Cuts is because he is worried about how that will affect his facility and also because it will greatly affect Medicare patients. I would really urge ALL Americans to look at what Medicare is proposing to cut. I think many of you will be amazed.
What amazes me is how Obama is proposing and pushing for a Healthcare plan that will cost the country trillions but is having to cut back on how much they pay for labs/xrays/ etc wtih Medicare. My advice to the government is clean up your own backyard before you move into the private sector. I have been in the healthcare field for more many years and what the government is proposing to do could do a lot of damage before any good. I do know that we need "Insurance Company Reform" but feel the government isn't the way to go at this point. They need to get us out of debt and pay off China before getting us in even more debt. Think of our children at this point. Right now the future is pretty scary if we keep moving in the direction we are in at this point.

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