Northwest Family Physicians
- Family Medicine
- 5700 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 515-274-3551
Doctors in Northwest Family Physicians
The Overall Average Patient Rating of Northwest Family Physicians when asked is excellent. Northwest Family Physicians has been reviewed by 81 patients. The rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The average wait time to see a doctor at Northwest Family Physicians as provided by patient reviews is 11 minutes. By comparison, the national average for a pre-vist wait time is 21 minutes.
A family practitioner is a doctor who specializes in caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life. Rather than focusing on the treatment of one disease or patient population, family practitioners are often the doctors that people see for their everyday ailments, like cold and flu or respiratory infections, and health screenings. When necessary, family practitioners will provide referrals for conditions that require the expertise of another specialist.
The doctors may also provide physicals, inoculations, prenatal care, treat chronic diseases, like diabetes and asthma, and provide advice on disease prevention.
- Family Medicine
- University Of Iowa Roy J And Lucille A Carver College Of Medicine
- Des Moines University
Health Insurance Accepted
- United Healthcare
- Health Alliance
- Patients' Choice Award
- On-Time Doctor Award
- Patient-Centered Medical Home
- Physician Office Systems Recognition Program
- Compassionate Doctor Recognition
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Information about group practices
What is a Group Practice?
According to The Medical Group Management Association, a group practice is any relationship between three or more physicians who share facilities, expenses, profits and other resources like support staff and equipment.
Group practices tend to fall into two categories: those that organize around a particular medical specialty and those that encompass several specialties like East Boston Neighborhood Health that specializes in internal medicine.
Why Group Practice?
As medicine became more complex in the twentieth century, the need for group practices made more sense. Physicians found it impossible to know everything about the emerging drugs and technologies on the medical landscape. In addition, the cost of providing a full range of diagnostic services, such as tests and X-rays, in one location became prohibitive to the individual practitioner. Hence, doctors from various disciplines began to team together in order to provide more comprehensive care to their community of patients.
Benefits of Group Practice
- Access to doctors from various disciplines for referrals and advice
- Better coverage on weekends and off-hours
- One-stop clinics for comprehensive care and testing