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Healthcare in Rural Nebraska, featuring Dr. John Jacobsen – Episode 007

In this episode of Beyond the Script, Ryne Bessmer interviews Dr. John Jacobsen, founder of Click Family Healthcare. Dr. Jacobsen has clinics in Kearney and Broken Bow, Nebraska, and has a unique perspective on what it takes to provide high-quality healthcare in rural Nebraska.

You can also learn more about Click Family Healthcare by visiting Strada Healthcare’s website featuring Dr. Jacobsen and Dr. Petersen.

Your Fourth COVID-19 Update from Dr. Joel Bessmer

In his latest COVID-19 update, Dr. Joel Bessmer speaks on the new COVID variant, COVID long-haulers, and new studies about the safety of alcohol.

Please make sure to keep sending any questions you have, and they will be addressed in the following video.

If you need individualized information or treatment, we ask that you please reach out to your Strada Healthcare provider directly. 

 

Here are a couple notes for when you’re finished watching:

  • We’d like to hear your questions and comments. Please reach out to us at care@stradahealthcare.com and we will answer your questions – either in the next video or directly, depending on the question.
  • The experts at Strada Healthcare can help you with your COVID-19 testing needs – and for travel, too. Learn more here.

Your Third COVID-19 Update from Dr. Joel Bessmer

First, we’d like to say thank you for all your fantastic feedback on our COVID-19 update videos. Knowing that these videos make a difference to you is great news, and we are dedicated to give you more updates in this way.

In his latest COVID-19 update, Dr. Joel Bessmer answers some questions sent to us. Please make sure to keep sending any questions you have, and they will be addressed in the following video.

Please click on the video below to see Dr. Joel Bessmer give you his third COVID-19 update.

If you need individualized information or treatment, we ask that you please reach out to your Strada Healthcare provider directly. 

Here are a couple notes for when you’re finished watching:

  • We’d like to hear your questions and comments. Please reach out to us at care@stradahealthcare.com and we will answer your questions – either in the next video or directly, depending on the question.
  • The experts at Strada Healthcare can help you with your COVID-19 testing needs – and for travel, too. Learn more here.

 

Direct Primary Care Meets Criteria for Accessible Mental Health Treatment

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Most mental health treatment isn’t accessible, and here’s why.

Mental Health America’s (MHA) newest key findings report that in 2021, “over half of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment, totaling over 27 million US adults who go untreated.” In addition, “Over 60% of youth with depression do not receive any mental health access.”

Some of the biggest reasons for this include a lack of knowledge, like what kind of help to seek for their problems, a lack of confidence in treatments, fears of stigma, and lack of funds to spend on mental health treatment. (Source: Mental State of the World Report 2020, Sapien Labs)

These reasons to not seek mental health treatment are all valid and make sense. It’s important to come up with resources that work around these obstacles so more Americans can access and benefit from mental health treatment.

Criteria for more accessible mental health.

Key ways to increase accessibility for treatments of mental health include:

  1. Make it no-risk,
  2. discrete,
  3. and affordable

Direct Primary Care actually meets these criteria.

Never heard of Direct Primary Care (DPC)?

DPC practices don’t accept insurance. This helps foster stronger, more meaningful relationships between patients and providers. In this relationship, they can make autonomous choices about health care and spend more time together. Under the Direct Primary Care practice payment model, patients typically enjoy unlimited access to their provider, both digitally and in-person, for a flat fee paid directly to their provider.

With Strada Healthcare’s Direct Primary Care, patients are guaranteed unlimited access to their Strada Healthcare provider for a flat membership fee paid monthly. That fee covers all primary care services, too. This includes basic mental health therapy and more.

Now we’re getting somewhere.

 

 

At Strada Healthcare, we believe that Direct Primary Care is a viable solution to getting mental health treatment.

It doesn’t work the same with traditional primary care. In that model, health insurance companies rule and as a result, providers do not get time to actually cover everything that primary care should cover. That’s why people are re-directed to specialists more times than not when they have an issue.

Direct Primary Care is different, because – as you now know – health insurance plans are irrelevant in the model and so are the regulations that go with it. Provider and patients get back time – which we know is the most important resources in healthcare.

Back to the criteria.

Here’s why Strada Healthcare’s Direct Primary Care meets the criteria for more accessible mental health treatment.

  1. Make it no-risk

With Strada Healthcare, patients can quit their membership any time without fees or penalties. There are no year-long contracts our patients must abide by.

And, Strada Healthcare patients can try mental health treatment alongside all their primary care services – for the same price. That’s something you need anyway, so why not try to improve your mental health with all your other care, too? It makes sense, especially since it doesn’t increase your costs!

By the way, having one, central provider for as much of your care as possible also lends itself to more care coordination (if necessary) and lowers the likelihood for miscommunications across multiple providers.

  1. Make it discrete

While stigmas against mental health treatment should be dead and gone in 2022, they’re not. Even worse, those who live with a mental illness often feel like it’s something they should be able to control. They might even have their own stigmas that they project onto others, whether or not they actually exist. This can make mental health problems even worse.

Because Strada Healthcare providers have more time to truly care for their patients, they can treat all that belongs under the umbrella of primary care. An office visit to your primary care provider is just that – no awkward waiting areas or specialty trips that make your palms sweaty.

Even more, Strada Healthcare patients can skip the trip altogether and contact their provider through our HIPPA-compliant digital care platform called Spruce App (for texting or video calls). Through this App, patients can share their experiences and Strada Healthcare providers can give meaningful and personalized treatment, including medication management and refills.

  1. Make it affordable

An adult membership to Strada Healthcare is a monthly fee of $99, and add-on family members are discounted. Like we’ve established, you get a lot of care and a lot of access with that fee. The traditional mental health talk therapy session is at least $99, but usually much, much more. You also get unlimited care and personalized treatment and never have to worry about costs rising when you need help.

Strada patients can also access other resources if they need more help. Strada patients have access to talk therapy from a licensed counselor for negotiated, deeply discounted cash prices. Check out our cash price mental health providers PEP Perspectives and Verve Collaborative Health.

Other Resources

To help you make the connection between primary care providers and mental health treatment, we’ve attached some key education videos from Strada Healthcare affiliate provider April Thomas, MSN, APRN.

If you watch and like what April has to say, you’re not alone – others do too! Better yet, she’s welcoming new patients through Strada Healthcare. Learn more about April here. You can enroll as a patient of April Thomas here.

Your Second COVID-19 Update from Dr. Joel Bessmer

Dr. Joel Bessmer, our Owner and Medical Director as well as the rest of us here at Strada Healthcare have our “fingers on the pulse” of COVID-19. As more comes to light about the Omicron variant, our team will continue to put together the most recent and relevant updates for you.

Please click on the video below to see Dr. Joel Bessmer’s second COVID-19 update.

If you need individualized information or treatment, we ask that you please reach out to your Strada Healthcare provider directly. 

Here are a couple notes for when you’re finished watching:

  • We’d like to hear your questions and comments. Please reach out to us at care@stradahealthcare.com and we will answer your questions – either in the next video or directly, depending on the question.
  • The experts at Strada Healthcare can help you with your COVID-19 testing needs – and for travel, too. Learn more here.

 

Your COVID-19 Update from Dr. Joel Bessmer

Updates on COVID-19 come fast and frequent. The team at Strada Healthcare know these updates affect you. As always, we want to help you stay on top of your healthcare with help from us.

Watch the video on this page to see Dr. Joel Bessmer, Strada Healthcare’s Owner and Medical Director, give you a COVID-19 update. We will film and send you update videos when major updates come – typically every 1-2 weeks.

We hope this can keep you informed and less stressed, knowing that we’re looking out for you.

Here are a couple notes for when you’re finished watching:

  • We’d like to hear your questions and comments. Please reach out to us at care@stradahealthcare.com and we will answer your questions – either in the next video or directly, depending on the question.
  • The experts at Strada Healthcare can help you with your COVID-19 testing needs – and for travel, too. Learn more here.

 

Rapid RT-PCR COVID-19 Testing Available Soon in Omaha Clinic Strada Healthcare

Omaha, NE – Strada Healthcare, an Omaha leader in convenient COVID-19 testing, just announced a new addition to their offerings.

Rapid COVID-19 RT-PCR testing will be available in their clinic starting October 11, 2021.

Standards for flying usually include a negative RT-PCR test within three days of flying – sometimes sooner. Typical COVID-19 RT-PCR testing has become notorious over the last year as a burden for those looking to travel abroad this way. This is because results for this test used to take 24-48 hours to process. This can be difficult for those traveling abroad as they are busy preparing for this and other time-consuming, but necessary, requirements.

Now, those needing a RT-PCR result can rely on Strada Healthcare to process their test and send results within one hour and a half for an additional fee.

“We are pleased to have responded to a need for those in our community who are traveling,” says Lisa Fisher, Strada Healthcare Director of Operations. “The ability to get a RT-PCR result within one hour is a pretty novel concept at this point. We are one of the first in Omaha to offer this, and it will be a huge relief, helping people get where they need to be.”

This is possible through Strada Healthcare’s partnership with BioFire®, a pioneer in diagnostics. According to their website, “The BioFire System is the new standard for syndromic infectious disease diagnostics. Authorized by the FDA for the point-of-care space under an Emergency Use Authorization, the BioFire RP2.1-EZ Panel (EUA) identifies a menu of 19 respiratory targets, including SARS-CoV-2, in one multiplex PCR test, with results in about an hour and a half.”

An added benefit is that the BioFire® technology tests for, as stated above, 19 respiratory targets. In one comprehensive test, patients and their providers will have fast answers to the syndrome behind their symptoms and signs. For instance, if a patient doesn’t have COVID-19 but rather whooping cough, they will now know. This means faster, more accurate treatment and avoiding unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions when possible.

The only place to get this level of comprehensive testing, besides Strada Healthcare, is in the hospital setting. For a cash price at Strada Healthcare, patients can quickly have their questions answered this flu season and beyond.

This new Rapid RT-PCR testing will be available to the public on October 11, 2021. To schedule your Rapid RT-PCR test on or after October 11, or Rapid Antigen test or traditional RT-PCR test now, or for questions, visit Strada Healthcare’s COVID-19 testing website and scheduler at https://www.stradahealthcare.com/testing/.

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Strada Healthcare has been a local leader in providing convenient testing. Strada Healthcare has given over 4,000 COVID-19 tests, helping keep people informed about their status and safe.

To learn more about our solutions, services, membership pricing and more, visit Strada Healthcare’s website at stradahealthcare.com.

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If you would like more information on this topic, please call Strada Healthcare at 402-401-4404.

Strada Healthcare Expands to Green Bay, WI

September, 2021

Strada Healthcare’s starting goal was to help provide affordable, high-quality primary healthcare in Omaha, Nebraska by giving primary care providers the resources they need. Five years later, Strada Healthcare has affiliate clinics in ten states and is excited to continue growth of their Direct Primary Care model throughout the Midwest and beyond.

 

Strada Healthcare now expands to Green Bay, WI with a new affiliate clinic. The affiliate clinic is called New MD and is led by Dr. Bobby Yun. This is now Strada Healthcare’s second affiliate clinic in the State, the first in Appleton.

 

Learn more about Strada Healthcare and its new affiliate Green Bay provider here.

Strada Healthcare Accepts Insurance for Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Testing

Now accepting insurance for Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Testing!

We are pleased to announce that Strada Healthcare now accepts insurance for COVID-19 Rapid Antigen testing in Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

We’ve seen an increase in testing at the Strada Healthcare facility, likely due to the COVID-19 Delta variant. Strada Healthcare’s COVID-19 Rapid Antigen testing will register the Delta variant, too. Go to Strada Healthcare for testing if you think you might have COVID-19, including the Delta variant.

Insurances that we do not accept for Rapid Antigen testing are Tricare, Medicare and Medicaid.

Administered as a nasal swab by a licensed medical technician, our rapid antigen tests detect proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 20 minutes. While the tests are specific to the virus, they are not as sensitive as molecular Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. This means that a positive result is highly accurate, but a negative result does not necessarily rule out infection.

In addition, we offer the following testing options, which have received emergency use authorization (EUA)  from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • PCR tests – These tests reveal if a person has an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate themselves from others. Like the antigen tests, our PCR tests are administered as nasal swabs, but the results can take 48 to 72 hours, and they cost $200.
  • Influenza tests – Our rapid flu tests can provide results in less than half an hour and may help lessen symptoms if detected early enough. These tests cost $25 and can be done alone or in conjunction with any other test.

If you require a COVID-19 test in order to travel or meet compliance for an airline, we can help with that as well. Our Rapid Antigen COVID-19 test is CLIA-waived, low-risk, and reliable, and include appropriate documentation.

If you are looking for Antibody Testing, we currently administer this test in our Omaha clinic. You can read more about this test by visiting our testing page.

For more information or to schedule a test at one of our locations, please contact us.

Strada Healthcare is Hiring!

Strada Healthcare is now hiring a Sales Associate.

Strada Healthcare and Members.MD are now hiring a full-time Sales Associate in the Omaha area.

To apply, please view the job listing on Indeed here.

About Strada Healthcare and Members.MD

Strada Healthcare was established in Nebraska by Dr. Joel Bessmer and his wife Kathy Bessmer. Strada Healthcare has grown to be the premier physician-owned network of Direct Primary Care providers across the Midwest, East Coast and Southwest. Through Strada Healthcare, its members pay a low monthly fee of $99 directly to their Strada Healthcare primary care provider for unlimited access to them versus co-pays for individual service. This model encourages wellness and prevention, and allows for a closer patient-provider relationship, cost savings, and better health outcomes. Strada Healthcare has business partnerships across the nation and is growing because they can prove cost savings and increased health with exact numbers. You can learn more about Strada Healthcare here.

 

Members.MD is a quickly-growing concierge medicine practice in Omaha, Nebraska. Like Strada Healthcare, Members.MD was established in Omaha in 2010 by Joel Bessmer, MD and his wife Kathy Bessmer. It was founded on the principle that our community deserves real relationships with their physicians. Members.MD has four primary care physicians who have the time and resources to dedicate themselves to their patients. For instance, each physician has a maximum patient panel of 400, versus the typical 4-5,000 for a primary care physician. They spend upwards of an hour with patients, develop in-depth, personalized health plans and guide their patients through to reach health and wellness goals. You can learn more about Members.MD here.

 

Desired skills, experience, and position requirements

The Strada Healthcare / MembersMD Sales Associate is responsible for driving new business revenue growth by identifying and attracting new clients who align with the Direct Primary Care and Concierge Medicine model. Successful candidates will build and maintain relationships with clients while demonstrating their sales skills. Successful candidates will also demonstrate a superb work ethic, high level of motivation and strong team skills by routinely collaborating with internal departments on specific client needs.

• Build and maintain relationships with existing group clients, payer contacts, benefit consultants and internal staff to facilitate the sale and retention of DPC and Concierge clients.

• Review and analyze client engagement and outcomes to ensure clients’ needs are met; recommend changes as needed.

• Develop new clients through networking to identify sales opportunities.

• Engage prospective clients to gather information about their employee health benefit needs, discuss existing coverage, and provide customized solutions.

• Respond to Request for Proposals (RFP), coordinate and present in finalist meetings.

• Manage and grow existing book of business and identify cross selling opportunities.

• Communicate effectively and courteously to clients, employees, and carriers regarding DPC and Concierge solutions and renewal information.

• Assist in the development of marketing strategies.

• Excellent interpersonal skills and a pleasant disposition required.

• Ability to work well with others in a fast-paced environment.

• Ability to learn, understand and champion sales process/campaigns.

• Good organizational and time management skills.

• General level of comfort with group presentations and public speaking.

• Ability to apply critical thinking, make sound judgments, and pay attention to detail.

• Ability to work with well with multiple teammates in a high pace office environment.

• Strong negotiation skills.

• Attention to accuracy and detail.

• Analytical, written, and verbal communication skills.

 

Technical Skills

• Microsoft Word and Excel knowledge at Advanced or Intermediate level including all financial and data organization functions.

 

Job Type: Full-time

 

Required education:

• Bachelor’s Degree preferred; Associate’s Degree required in Business, Communications, or related field.

 

Required experience:

• Successful business-to-business sales experience (professional services or employee benefits preferred) with experience selling to the senior executive level.

• Two or more years of relevant experience, preferably in the insurance industry or similar sales & consultative role.

 

Work Environment:

• Work performed in an office environment

• Daily work performed Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

• Additional hours may be required on an as needed basis

• Travel Required up to 25% of time, or as determined by clientele

 

Benefits:

Paid time off
401(k)
Dental insurance
Disability insurance
Health insurance
Vision insurance

 

To apply, please view the job listing on Indeed here.