According to reports, ChenMed, a senior focused primary care organization is scheduled to open three Wichita locations including one in the old Save A Lot location at 13th and Grove.
ChenMed, a Miami-based firm, doesn’t position itself as a typical health-care organization. They say their provide a “patient-centered focus on VIP care and prevention. ChenMed’s focus is on providing better health outcomes to seniors who are most in need.
Does all of this sound expensive, and out of the price range of most seniors in northeast Wichita? It might, but it isn’t. ChenMed’s focus is on low- to medium-income seniors with almost all costs of care covered by fixed Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements that are enhanced by Medicare Advantage supplemental insurance.
Their focus is on increasing doctor and patient interaction. Patients are encouraged to see their doctors monthly. To help accommodate that frequency, ChenMed’s primary-care doctors serve an average of 400 patients each, which is less than one-fifth the national average of 2,300 patients per doctor. Because of this, according to a ChenMed release, their primary-care physicians average 10 times more face-to-face time with their patients than a typical physician.
Personalized care benefits for ChenMed patients include, according to the release: door-to-doctor transportation, if necessary; having the cellphone number for their ChenMed primary-care physician; walk-in appointments; unlimited visits; on-site cardiology, medication dispensing, imaging, labs, acupuncture and more; healthy lifestyle classes; and almost all costs of care covered by fixed Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements that are enhanced by Medicare Advantage supplemental insurance.
“The more doctors see their patients, the better they know them,” said Dr. Christopher Chen, ChenMed CEO in a prepared statement. “And the better they know them, the better chance they have of helping them stay healthy by catching small issues before they turn into big ones.”
Although construction at the 13th and Grove location doesn’t appear to be underway, the facility is projected to open in late June. Other ChenMed locations are reportedly planned for 9Parklane Shopping Center on the southeast corner of Lincoln and Oliver and at the New Leaf Plaza on the southwest corner of 21st and Amidon. The Parklane location is scheduled to open this year with the new Leaf Plaza location opening in 2023.
ChenMed, a family-owned company, was founded in 2013 and has expanded to 80 centers in 11 states, mostly in the east, southeast, and upper Midwest. Until Wichita, the company’s western most location was St. Louis. Expansion is also planned into the Kansas City Metro area.