Why is the clinic closing? Is the direct primary care model not working?
Dr. Brown is originally from Oklahoma and moved here nearly 6 years ago. During this time, she has grown to love Oregon, the community of Albany and her patients. However, during this time Dr. Brown and her family have also missed being around both of their families in Oklahoma. As their network of cousins and family has grown, they have felt drawn to return to the Midwest. Dr. Brown has loved her time here and this clinic. She worked hard for 2 years to bring the direct primary care option to Oregon for those who needed a lower cost option combined with an improved clinical experience. Through these efforts, the clinic now has nearly 400 members and has proven that direct primary care is a viable option for patients and physicians.
When do membership contracts end?
All members who paid monthly had their last monthly fee charged in April on their usual date.
All members who have paid annually to receive a discount should refer to the terms of the contract which are posted here below:
Term. This Agreement will commence upon Patient's signing the same and will extend for a period of one year, beginning on the 1st of the month following Patient's signing. Notwithstanding the above, both Patient and Avoda Health shall have the absolute and unconditional right to terminate the Agreement, with or without cause, upon giving 30 days prior written notice to the other party. If patient requests termination without cause, Avoda Health may, but shall not be required to refund a prorata share of the fees paid by Patient. If Avoda Health is unable to provide services according to the terms of this agreement, the Patient shall be released from any contractual obligation. In such circumstance, Patient shall be refunded the prorated share of the monthly fee. Fees paid annually shall be refunded minus the itemized cost of any services rendered to date. If Patient has had their annual preventative exam, patient is not entitled to a refund of their annual fee as the cost of this preventative visit is $499.
Annual members will be seen for preventative and routine care through the end of April. Urgent visits, follow-up appointments, physicals, etc will be made on a limited basis through the month of May. All refunds will be calculated based on the above. Refund checks will be issued in June/July to allow time to close out accounts. If you would like more information, please e-mail or call the clinic.
How do I get my records now that the office is closed?
Before May 31st, records requests can be faxed, emailed, mailed or dropped off at our office. Starting June 1st, records requests can be mailed, emailed or dropped off to our office but faxing will no longer be available. Our office address will change June 22nd to a permanent PO Box. The address will be posted as soon as it is available the first part of June. After June 22nd, records requests can be mailed to the PO Box or emailed.
What will Dr. Brown be doing next?
After being in a private practice setting since moving to Oregon, Dr. Brown is moving to a university setting where she will be sharing her knowledge with family medicine residents and medical students. She has accepted a faculty teaching position and will be supervising training physicians in a family medicine clinic.