MDVIP Frequently Asked Questions


What is MDVIP?

MDVIP started as an idea — an idea that was sparked in the minds of a few visionary doctors who were seeking to rekindle their passion for medicine once again, who knew there had to be a better way to fully care for — not merely treat — the patients who flooded their waiting rooms and who believed the healthcare system had lost its way.

The MDVIP model was created with the hope and vision of bringing more life to more lives — both young and old — by putting impersonal healthcare practices and tactics aside, and embracing a new way of healing. MDVIP has always put the patient at the heart of everything we do. We see patients as people — not numbers or charts — but unique individuals with their own personal story. And, because we are all different, healthcare should be designed specifically for your needs, your goals and your aspirations.

MDVIP seeks to achieve this by combining the high-tech tools of today and the high-touch practices of the past to make patients and doctors happier and healthier.

Tell me about the Wellness Program

MDVIP is a personalized healthcare program that empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through in-depth knowledge, expertise and one-on-one coaching. You’ll become one of a few exclusive patients who receive the highest levels of personalized care to help transform your life into a healthier one.

Our unique approach to healthcare is proactive, instead of reactive. Unlike a traditional primary care practice, we will take the extra time to get to know you, your lifestyle and your current health through consultations, comprehensive screenings and advanced testing.

We can then offer you a carefully thought out wellness plan tailored to meet your unique needs, while also helping you manage acute or chronic medical needs as they arise. We’ll get to know you as a whole person, rather than as a faceless name on a chart.

What are the benefits of membership?

We strive to provide our members with more than just healthcare. We go above and beyond what the traditional primary care practice offers. Our holistic, proactive approach to healthcare addresses your physical, mental and emotional well-being through one-on-one counseling and comprehensive diagnostic testing. Unlike traditional practices of 2,000 patients or more, both doctors have limited their practices to 400 patients each, so you receive the extra time and attention you deserve. Additionally, we provide you with convenient appointments and the benefits of our Travel Advantages program, Medical Centers of Excellence program and online access to your Personal Health Record.

Screening labs and testing

Your membership fee includes a number of screening labs and tests not covered by Medicare or commercial insurance plans.  This includes extensive labs through the Cleveland HeartLab that has screening tests for diabetes, thyroid disease and vitamin D deficiency, as well as a battery of cutting-edge markers for cardiac disease.  You’ll also have a screening ultrasound for peripheral artery disease (PAD), spirometry for lung function, an EKG, and vision and hearing tests.

MDVIP Travel Advantages

We want our MDVIP members and their families to travel with peace of mind. We’ll connect you with other affiliated doctors across the country if an urgent need arises, provide care to out-of-town guests and inform you of necessary vaccinations before traveling abroad.

Medical Centers of Excellence

We have partnered with nationally renowned medical institutions– including the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Miami, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and several other outstanding institutions– to create the Medical Centers of Excellence program. Through this program, we can easily connect you with the experts at these institutions to help you get a second opinion, consultation or specialized treatment whenever needed.

MDVIP Connect

After becoming a member, you’ll have access to MDVIP Connect, an innovative personalized website designed to bring convenience and peace of mind to your life. We’ll help you manage your health with secure email, medical records, meal plans, exercise programs and more, all available in one location.

Educational seminars

Your membership also includes special events, interactive lectures and seminars about various medical topics, and field trips to local area businesses that promote healthy eating and living.  Some talks will be given by Dr. Steve and Dr. Stephanie and some will be given by respected local specialists.  This way, you can learn about your optimum health both inside the exam room and out.

Care for the entire family

If parents join the program, we will see their children up to age 26 for no additional fee.  This means that the entire family can be under the care of Dr. Steve and Dr. Stephanie for just the cost of the parent’s membership.

Is there a narrowed network of specialists?

No. You can see any specialist or go to any imaging center or lab in your insurance network.

Do Medicare patients benefit from the program?

Definitely. Patients under the care of MDVIP-affiliated primary care physicians experience a dramatic decrease in hospitalizations versus comparable non-MDVIP patients, according to a study profiled in an article published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Managed Care.  This study, done on hospital utilization in the MDVIP personalized healthcare model, found a 79% reduction in hospital admissions for Medicare patients, and a 72% decrease for those with commercial insurance between the ages of 35-64 in MDVIP-affiliated practices.

The study also found decreased MDVIP hospital readmission rates for Medicare members when compared to the 2009 readmission rates for non-MDVIP Medicare patients, for such conditions as acute MI (heart attack), CHF (congestive heart failure) and pneumonia.  MDVIP readmission rates are below 2% for these conditions compared to the national averages that range from a low of 16% to a high of 24%.  

Medicare patients are 79% less likely to be hospitalized, and are 98% less likely to be re-hospitalized when they are under care of doctors in the MDVIP program.  

This is demonstrably better care.

More time means better care

Appointments will be on-time– no more waiting in bustling waiting rooms for 30-90 minutes to see the doctor.  If you are ill, we guarantee same day or next day appointments.  Annual Wellness visits are scheduled for 60-90 minutes, and follow-up visits are 30 minutes long, so you’ll have all the time you need with your doctor.

You’ll also have our personal cell phone number for after hours emergencies, so you never have to worry about reaching your doctor in time of need.

What does it cost?

The MDVIP Wellness and Prevention program costs $1,650 per year, and includes all the above benefits, screening labs and testing.  It can be paid annually, semi-annually or quarterly.   The program is not covered by insurance, although it can be paid for out of a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account.

Can I meet the doctor before joining?

Absolutely!  If you would like to have a no-cost, face-to-face introduction, call the office at 941-743-3311.  We’ll arrange a time for you to tour the office and sit down with the doctor to discuss what it is you’re looking for in a primary care physician.

Can I join now?

You bet.  The links below will take you to the MDVIP online membership application.  You can also call 1-866-948-6397 to join by phone.

We welcome you to the practice, and are confident you’ll find the MDVIP way a far better way to get healthcare compared to traditional practices.

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    MDVIP is a personalized healthcare program that empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through in-depth knowledge, expertise, technology and one-on-one coaching.  It is a membership model that includes extensive screening labs and testing not covered by Medicare or insurance.


    Dr. Steve and Dr. Stephanie only see patients enrolled in the MDVIP Wellness Program.  


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