On February 10, 2015, MDVIP, the largest concierge medicine practice firm in the United States, was hit with a $8.5 million verdict by a Palm Beach County, Florida jury that found it liable for the medical negligence of one of its MDVIP-affiliated physicians that led to a patient having her leg amputated above-the-knee due to a misdiagnosed medical condition, and for false advertising involving MDVIP’s representation that it “provide[s] every patient with the highest level of care from some of the nation’s finest doctors.”
MDVIP was founded in 2000, was acquired by Proctor & Gamble in 2009, and was later acquired by Summit Partners, a growth equity firm, in 2014 (Summit Partners had originally invested in MDVIP in 2004).
What Is MDVIP?
The MDVIP website states, “MDVIP is a personalized healthcare program that empowers people to reach their health and wellness goals through in-depth knowledge, expertise and one-on-one coaching with some of the finest primary care doctors in America. With memberships that average $1,800 per year (prices vary based on location), you become one of a few exclusive patients who receive the highest levels of personalized care to help transform your life into a healthier one.”
MDVIP represents: “we ensure each MDVIP-affiliated doctor cares for 600 patients or fewer, so you receive the extra time and attention you deserve … MDVIP maintains an independent contractor relationship with our affiliated physicians. Affiliated physicians are not the agents or employees of MDVIP … Your doctor owns and manages the practice, and MDVIP has absolutely no involvement in any medical decisions. MDVIP’s job is to simply remove all obstacles that exist in the delivery of the highest level of care.”
With regard to MDVIP’s affiliated physicians, the MDVIP website states, “We search the country for the most talented, passionate and caring doctors to join our team to provide comprehensive care for each member. Conducting a rigorous screening process that includes a thorough assessment of credentials, a background check, reference verification and more, we select only those doctors who can stand behind MDVIP’s mission to provide the highest level of personalized care possible and bring more life to more lives.”
MDVIP has over 750 MDVIP-affiliated physicians in its network throughout the United States.
The Florida lawsuit against MDVIP was filed by the widower of a woman who had sought medical care for leg pain from a MDVIP-affiliated physician. The husband alleged that his wife’s condition was misdiagnosed and continued to deteriorate. The woman was referred to orthopedic specialists but the specialists allegedly were not advised of her worsening condition and they did not receive the woman’s medical records in a timely fashion. The husband claimed that his wife’s serious circulatory problem was not timely diagnosed, resulting in the need for an above-the-knee amputation in 2008. His wife died from leukemia four years later. The MDVIP-affiliated physician settled the medical malpractice claim against him before the trial.
MDVIP has vowed to appeal.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries (or worse) as a result of possible medical negligence in the United States, you should promptly find a medical malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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