GW medical group (DC) looks to add up to 450 doctors

GW Medical Faculty Associates is joining the rush to scoop up independent physician practices in a big way, aiming to add 450 doctors in five years.

A nonprofit organization independent of George Washington University and its hospital, GW Medical Faculty Associates is negotiating with about 15 smaller group practices, ranging from three to more than 100 members, said CEO Stephen Badger. Deals could be imminent, and a real estate leasing and buying surge will accompany the personnel expansion. It currently has 550 doctors.

1 comments on "GW medical group (DC) looks to add up to 450 doctors"
M. A. Murphy (4/6/2011 at 5:03 PM)

I received the worst patient care of my life from GW MFA's Internal Medicine group. The letter below was sent and IGNORED by Dr. April Barbour, head of the Internists in GW MFA. So, buying practices and acquiring more real property.. the priority hear over patient care? I will never go back to this practice. [Letter follows] February 24, 2011 April Barbour Director Division of General Internal Medicine GWU Medical Faculty Associates 2150 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20037 Dear Ms. Barbour I am writing to complain about my indifferent, rude, and unprofessional treatment today as a "new patient" by the front office staff at GWU Medical Faculty Associates' Internal Medicine Department. GWU Medical Faculty Associates is my Primary Care Provider under the Optimum Choice Preferred, UnitedHealthcare. I am suffering from serious hypertension and had a reading of 160 over 110 today (which I related to your staff). I also mentioned I was very concerned about getting medication for my condition. After a family emergency in January, I rescheduled my "new patient" meeting with GWU for today. Two days ago, I got a voicemail message from your staff confirming the appointment for 2:45 p.m. today. While I had "thought" the appointment was for 8:30 a.m., I assumed there must have been a need to reschedule for later in the day. Why else would they leave me a message to come in at 2:45 p.m? The voicemail was inaccurate. When I arrived at 2:35 p.m., I was told that my PCP (Dr. Reenivasan – sp? – my "formal" PCP is Dr. Adam Possner, but he is not taking new patients) was not available and the appointment had, in fact been for 8:30 a.m. A staff member said she would tell Dr. Reenivasan that I was there, and also tell her what my blood pressure reading was. After about 20 minutes, I was told that Dr. Reenivasan could not give me any medication since she did not have my health statistics. I was told that the 'best option" would be to go to the emergency room to get some medicine to "tide me over." This is very frustrating, since I did go to Suburban Hospital's emergency room and was told to see my PCP. I had the same problem with the CVS Minute Clinic. No one will help me get my medication! I was then told the earliest I could get in for my next "new patient appointment" was March 17th. I felt very upset, and told them I was concerned for my health and scared of having a stroke. I felt the staff was very indifferent to me. I told them then that I would find a new doctor. The thing that hurt the most about this was that, as I was leaving, the staff at the front desk and further back were snickering among themselves! I am very upset by this and afraid for my health if I have to almost another month. I am disgusted that I am paying significant premiums every month for health care and am shut out when I desperately need medicine. I am going to find a new PCP and try to find a "paid" clinic to give me some medicine to get my blood pressure down. I was concerned about your practice when I read the reviews on Yelp (which I am enclosing, with staff difficulties highlighted) and my concerns were, unfortunately, confirmed today. cc: Dr. Adam Possner




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