Stephen S. Aslami, M.D., and Margaret S. Lunt, M.D., Deliver Patient-Centered Care
BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MDVIP, the national leader in affordable personalized healthcare, announced today that two Salt Lake City internists, Stephen S. Aslami, M.D., and Margaret S. Lunt, M.D., have opened new MDVIP-affiliated primary care practices. Drs. Aslami and Lunt are both board certified in Internal Medicine and are associated with St. Mark’s Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. They join Kate Wilson, M.D., who opened her affiliated practice at the same location in 2011, as well as four other MDVIP affiliates across Salt Lake and Summit counties, to deliver a better healthcare experience with an emphasis on health prevention, not just the treatment of illness.
"I believe the foundation of good healthcare is a strong doctor-patient relationship," said Dr. Aslami. "Joining MDVIP allows me to spend more time with patients, empowering them with the knowledge and tools to prevent disease and live healthier, fuller lives through exercise, stress management and nutrition."
"Under the MDVIP model, I’m able to create an atmosphere where patients and I can collaborate as a team to discuss important diagnoses, tailor treatment plans and make lifestyle adjustments that improve their overall quality of life, regardless of their age or underlying medical condition," said Dr. Lunt.
Personalized Preventive Care
MDVIP-affiliated physicians maintain significantly smaller practices, which allows them to spend more time with patients and provide highly individualized primary care compared to traditional practices. For an annual membership fee, each patient receives the MDVIP Wellness Program, a comprehensive yearly health assessment that includes advanced diagnostic tests and screenings to give a more complete view of the patient’s overall health. Using the results, physicians provide coaching and tools to help patients make healthier lifestyle choices, prevent disease and achieve their wellness goals.
Proven Health Outcomes
Published research supports the MDVIP model. Medicare patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices were admitted to the hospital 79% less than patients in traditional practices, and commercial patients were in the hospital 72% less, notes an American Journal of Managed Care study. This significant reduction in hospitalizations yielded a $300-million savings for Medicare in one year. Readmission rates for Medicare patients suffering heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia were dramatically lower than for non-MDVIP Medicare patients.
Smaller Practice, More Time
Other benefits of an MDVIP-affiliated practice include same- or next-day appointments that start on time and last an average of 30 minutes. Physicians are reachable 24/7 by phone. If patients have an emergent need while traveling, their physician can help arrange care with a local hospital, pharmacy or doctor, which may include another MDVIP-affiliated physician. Demonstrating the value of the MDVIP model, patient satisfaction and annual membership renewals consistently exceed 90 percent.
About Stephen S. Aslami, M.D.
Dr. Aslami earned his medical degree and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City.