A Time For All Things

With great sadness, we have decided to close Peace of Mind Medical Care on June 30th. A number of things related to the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic have conspired to push us in this direction, especially with Chaffee County moving towards a recession. These last three years, we have enjoyed providing quality medical care to all of our clients and are disappointed to close the office. We are thankful for all of you who entrusted us to care for you, your employees, and your loved ones.

We would like to see anyone needing routine care or refills of their medicines before Jun 12th, reserving the remainder of the month for emergencies. Those with July and August appointments will be asked to move those into June.

Transfer of Records

Records will be provided free electronically, either by fax or email, to the provider of your choice. Please request a release of records form by email, text, or phone. You can also drop by between 9 and 2 (excepting 12 to 1) to pick up a paper form. If you need other arrangements, please contact us.

Alternative Providers in Chaffee County
Buena Vista:

HRRMC Buena Vista Health Clinic, (719) 395-9048, Drs. Otteni, Hill, and Roderick
Blue Sky Urgent Care (opening June 1 next to Brown Dog Coffee), $47 per basic visit, (719) 208-0344, Dr. Jeff Loyd
Valley-Wide Buena Vista Family Medical Center (opening July 1 in the old Trailhead Bldg, next to Elkhorn Pizza), PA Jack Haley
Our Town Medical Care, (719) 722-3606, Dr. Gibb

Salida:

First Street Family Medicine, (719) 539-6637, Drs. Lombardo and Grant-Nierman
HRRMC Salida Family Medicine (now owned by HRRMC, new location in the Hwy 50 office building near the aquatic center), (719) 530-2000, Drs. Wigington, Earhart, O’Hara, and Irving
HRRMC Internal Medicine, (719) 530-2000, Dr. Schroeder (also sees patients at the HRRMC BV Clinic)

We get it. 13% of our county is uninsured, and an additional ~19% is on a non-group plan, paying a fortune for insurance that has a $7000 deductible, such that 31% of the county really does not have access to affordable care. This is not readily known to healthcare agencies in the county. The assumption is that nearly everyone is well-insured. 1 in 3 in our county are treated as second-class citizens with reduced access to care.

“87.4% of the population of Chaffee County, CO has health coverage, with 32.3% on employee plans, 15% on Medicaid, 20% on Medicare, 18.6% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Chaffee County, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).”

https://datausa.io/profile/geo/chaffee-county-co#health

 

You are anxious about going to the doctor and you put it off until you are really concerned. You arrive in an overfull waiting room, interact with a brusque staff, and then wait overly long in the waiting room. When your turn with the doctor comes, he/she is frazzled and in a hurry to catch up. A fraction of your concerns are addressed superficially.
It’s Friday and your child needs to be seen today for fever you know will keep them up all weekend. You call your doctor’s office and they cannot see her until Monday. All of the Salida offices are full. You desperately do not want to pay for an ER visit. In the end, you drive forty minutes in heavy snow to Leadville to see the physician assistant, spending the extra money to be seen as a new patient.
You schedule your appointment months in advance, and you show up early, only to find out that your insurance appears to have made a mistake and you are currently self-insured. Do you pay cash today to be seen or return another day after the mistake is cleared up?
You saw your doctor a year ago and the hospital is just now sending you bills for labs, ultrasound, and pap smears. One visit generates five separate bills. You sort through your EOB’s and your calendar, trying to remember just what happened at your appointment a year ago.
You have a medical problem that is both concerning and embarrassing for you. You call to schedule an appointment, and you have to explain to a receptionist why you want to be seen. A different receptionist calls you several weeks later, needing to reschedule your appointment for “x concern.” When you finally have your appointment, the nurse wants to know why you are being seen. By the end of your visit, you have had to discuss this very private matter with four different people.
You are a full-time RV’er. Under the demands of old-fashioned medicine, you are not able to get your medicines refilled unless you see a provider in person, resulting in a lot of urgent care visits as you travel across the country. If only there was a way to stay with one physician but communicate with them throughout the year while you are on the road.
You lost your insurance. There’s seems to be only two options–have insurance or go without and avoid getting any healthcare. Now, there is a different option. Pay just $720 a year for an adult under age 65 for unlimited visits and cell phone/text/email contact with your doctor. A budgetable, predictable expense for the unpredictable nature of health. Coupling this with a catastrophic plan provides the best protection against unforeseen need for surgery, ER, specialists, and imaging.
You spend half the year in southern Arizona, but no doctors down there will accept your insurance. Keep your summer doctor at Peace of Mind Medical Care and have access to medical care year-round without the need to be physically in Colorado.
You have been forced to a high-deductible medical insurance because the cost of insurance just keeps going up so high, so fast. With a $7000 deductible, getting any actual care paid by your insurance until you have a major accident is impossible. How do you budget for an unknown year of flu, allergies, and lacerations? For just $720 a year for an adult under age 65, you can get unlimited contact with your physician in person or by phone/text/email.
A Time For All Things With great sadness, we have decided to close Peace of Mind Medical Care on June 30th. A number of things related to the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic have conspired to push us in this direction, especially with Chaffee County moving towards a recession. These ...
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We get it. 13% of our county is uninsured, and an additional ~19% is on a non-group plan, paying a fortune for insurance that has a $7000 deductible, such that 31% of the county really does not have access to affordable care. This is not readily known to healthcare agenci...
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  You are anxious about going to the doctor and you put it off until you are really concerned. You arrive in an overfull waiting room, interact with a brusque staff, and then wait overly long in the waiting room. When your turn with the doctor comes, he/she is frazzl...
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