Fort Collins’ Hometown Family Health takes healthcare in new directions through membership-based platform – Loveland Reporter-Herald
Fort Collins’ new clinic offers a unique and affordable way to get the care you need.
Hometown Family Health was founded in mid-2020 by Dr. Trevin Cardon and his wife, Allison Cardon, a certified personal trainer. The clinic is taking healthcare in a new direction, eliminating the need for insurance while providing quality care to patients of all ages.
The couple, who both grew up in Fort Collins, attribute their clinic’s name to their love for the area.
Osteopathic M.D., Trevin, in continuing the medical residency program at UCHealth in Fort Collins, explores the business aspects of patient care and how insurance plays an important role in healthcare for both patients and physicians. I started learning. .
“Working in the ‘system,’ so to speak, doesn’t lead to a lot of time spent with people,” Trevin explained. “It wasn’t how I really wanted to practice medicine. Also, in family medicine and primary care medicine, it’s hard to find independent people because of how the system works.”
Making “connections” with patients and giving them access to healthcare providers when they need them was a priority for Trevin. So he and his wife, Allison, began looking at ways they could offer another avenue for healthcare. For community members of all ages and economic status.
“Scottsdale has a lot of what they call concierge healthcare, which is similar to what we do. They have an annual fee and bill insurance, which slows things down. But they’re on the cutting edge,” says Trevin. “I spent time with some of them and I really loved their every day. They needed to spend time with people and build those relationships. I didn’t like it to be expensive.”
While still in medical school, Trevin met a colleague who was about to start a subscription-based practice known as Direct Primary Care (DPC).
“So I snuggled up to him and helped him and his partner start practicing and spending a lot of time with them,” Trevin said. I was creating it and I fell in love with it.”
DPC decouples insurance companies from the healthcare equation by letting patients pay a fixed monthly fee for treatment. Patients do not have to pay a per-service fee and there are no costly third-party bills.
According to the Direct Primary Care Coalition website, “DPC clinics provide better access to physicians, enabling authentic therapeutic relationships and comprehensive patient care.” Accessible, little to no wait time and (experienced) longer reservations required.”
DPC clinics are advertised as being transparent with their pricing, with most memberships costing less than cell phone bills.
To date, there are approximately 1,600 DPC clinics in 48 states in the United States, providing care to more than 300,000 patients. Between Fort Collins and Loveland he has four of his DPC clinics, and more in Denver and Colorado Springs.
“Maybe I’m the newest. We’ve been open for a year and a half, and some others have been open for a few years and are thriving,” Trevin said. We’re all independent of each other, but we’re all very small, and we’re all working together, and that’s the beauty of this, we’re getting smaller, we’re smaller, but we’re able to survive. I can do it.”
Traditional family and primary care practices have 2,500-3,000 patients, while DPC clinics typically cap at 500.
“They have to see someone every 15 minutes, so they have to stir and burn out,” Trevin said. We will be able to offer
Hometown Family Health offers a variety of services for patients of all ages, including pediatric checkups, sports checkups, ear washes, dermatology procedures, telemedicine, and lab work. The clinic also has connections with various specialists in case patients need more specialized care.
“We never say this is a replacement for insurance. Membership includes everything we can do plus some extra perks we negotiate for.” Trevin said. “We tell people that if they could have insurance, they would still have it, but we can provide treatment at such a low cost that it makes no sense in our world.”
If clinics can get a lab for a dollar, why would they pay for it with insurance, he reasoned?
“When you have insurance, you have all the claims and middlemen and you have to pay everyone in between, so everything goes up in price,” says Trevin. “This works for everyone. I have patients who have good insurance and they come to see me.
Also, the clinic “has a lot of patients who have no insurance at all,” including small businesses and part-time workers.
The clinic does not accept insurance and unfortunately cannot see Medicare or Medicaid patients. However, Cardon is working to change that so he can serve this part of the community.
Monthly fees are $85 for adults over 50, $75 for adults 20-49, and $25 for children 19 and under. For children whose adult parents are not members, the monthly fee is $45 per month.
Our clinic is also open to family members. Patients will be charged $50 a time for him and up to $150 for family members.
“So it’s an ongoing monthly subscription. “There are no limits on visits, whether monthly, yearly, or weekly, and you don’t have to pay copays or extra fees for each visit.”
The clinic also offers medical packages for employers who are unable to enroll in traditional medical insurance programs.
Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Hometown Family Health is located at 2720 Council Tree Ave., Suite 230, Fort Collins.
For more information or to book, visit www.hometownfamily.com or call (970) 658-5520.