Dr. Warren founded Wise Patient in 2011 with the belief that the quality of patient-physician communication is the foundation of the practice of medicine. With time-crunch and other barriers to patient-physician communication so obvious, Dr. Warren strives to restore the patient-physician relationship by scheduling longer appointments and maximizing communication technologies. He believes that patients are better served when they have more physician time. He also believes that the fee-for-service system is misaligned and incentivizes physicians to see more patients instead of prioritizing health outcomes.
Dr. Warren is fellowship-trained and double board-certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine. He received his medical degree from Stanford University in 1999. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UW. He completed an additional two years of fellowship training in primary care at UW as a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award in Primary Care. In addition to his MD, he holds a MSc of Epidemiology in Clinical Research Methods. Prior to founding Wise Patient, Dr. Warren was on faculty at UW and served as Associate Director of Emergency Services at Harborview Medical Center.
In addition to general primary care, Dr. Warren’s particular interests include heart disease and blood lipids that contribute to it, nutrition and medical weight loss, aging athletes, anxiety disorders, and the psychology of living with chronic disease.
Dr. Warren practices exclusive Membership Medicine, a low cost subscription model of primary care that emphasizes physician access and communication. For a transparent monthly membership fee paid in place of insurance or on top of insurance, you will receive:
Unlimited Visits with Dr. Warren
Longer Appointment Times
Secure, HIPAA Compliant Text Messaging with Medical Staff
Phone and Video Appointments
Major Discounts For Common Medical Labs and Tests
Better Long-Distance Care While Working And Traveling
Limited Access to a Personal Trainer (in development)
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
Dr. Warren believes membership medicine is the best way to partner with patients to achieve their health goals, prevent and manage chronic disease, and be available for an acute concerns that arise. To belong to Dr. Warren’s practice, you have two options to pay for membership: Direct Primary Care and Concierge payment models. They both offer the same level of high quality primary care and all the services listed above. However, they differ in how you pay:
DIRECT PRIMARY CARE (DPC) Payment Model
$100 monthly membership fee.
We don’t bill your insurance so you don’t pay copays, coinsurance, or deductibles for your care with us.
Not available to Medicare patients
CONCIERGE Payment Model
$75 monthly membership fee plus we bill your insurance for each office visit.
Therefore, you are responsible for the copays, coinsurance, and deductibles your insurance plan requires of you.
Medicare beneficiaries must choose this model since Medicare regulation does not yet permit Medicare patients to participate in DPC.
Washington State Is Fully On Board
Washington State is fully on board with direct primary care. Permanent law RCW 48.150 “Direct Patient-Provider Primary Health Care” can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/kt627jy. It is well written and full of appropriate patient protections. This law emphasizes that DPC practices do not bill insurance for primary care services and that patients may discontinue their membership at any time.
Categories of Care
Doctor-patient interactions will generally fit into one of these six categories:
On The Fly: Written messages on the portal or via text message.
Phone Care: 15 minute (or less) conversations scheduled into the MD’s workday.
Face to Face Focused Appointments: Usually limited to 1-2 topics.
Face to Face Overview Appointments: Ideally once every 6 months. Not required but highly encouraged master strategy sessions about ‘the big picture’ and how to achieve your long-term health goals.
Once Yearly Full Physical Exam: Dr. Warren sometimes uses handheld ultrasound technology within this physical exam.
Fitness Tracking: This can take many forms depending on technology preference of patient.