Dear HFP client:
It is with mixed emotions that I write to
announce to you – as sole owner and sole physician at Holistic
Family Practice – that we will be closing our doors forever as
of October 1st, 2017.
This practice has enjoyed a nearly 45-year run, and I
have spent 24 years of my medical career here.
However, many impactful changes in the health care
industry have occurred locally and nationwide in recent years,
including shrinking insurance reimbursements, markedly rising
overhead expenses, expanding and highly time-consuming
regulatory changes (with much attendant paperwork and extra time
required), along with major difficulties recruiting and
retaining young physicians and mid-level providers in the
private practice setting.
All of these factors have made it very
difficult to simply keep up with the basic costs of running our
practice. Indeed, some expenditures, like building maintenance
(painting, carpentry, sidewalk repairs), have been placed on the
back burner for years due to the cash shortfalls we have faced.
These economic realities, coupled with the uncertainties
of the future of private practice medicine, the lack of call
partners, etc. have had tremendous impacts on my personal life.
Therefore, I have arrived at this difficult decision.
Many patients have asked me whether I would
move into a so-called “concierge” practice at this juncture.
The answer is a
definitive and final “no.”
concierge model allows only those with significant financial
means to access doctors who establish such practices. I believe
that we physicians have an ethical obligation to be available to
people from all socioeconomic levels. That has always been my
practice approach, and I do not intend for that to change.
Fortunately, a new practice opportunity has
become available to me in the local community. I will be joining
North Shore Physicians Group at their new facility at 414
Haverhill Street (Route 133), Rowley.
I will be working with a reputable and well-established
group of physicians and mid-level providers, who
treat all ages of
patients, from infants on up, and who accept most
insurances and health plans.
North Shore Physicians Group is affiliated with
Massachusetts General Hospital and its Partners Health Care
satellite facilities. The practice location includes on-site
x-ray, mammography, and bone densitometry, as well as
opportunities for on-site consultations from visiting specialty
day on the job in Rowley is Monday, October 2nd.
It Is my great hope that those of you who wish to
continue to maintain me as their physician, will choose to do so
at the Rowley site.
Once again, I thank all of you for your
many years of loyalty to me and to Holistic Family Practice. It
has been a true privilege and honor serving you. I trust you
will accept that my decision to close our doors is one made
after much hard deliberation and with much heartache. Happily, I
remain available to you henceforth in a different practice
setting, and I hope to see and to serve many of you in Rowley
for a long time to come.
With best regards,
Dr. Jonathan March
Questions and Answers
regarding HFP’s closing:
is this happening?.........Answer:
October 1st, 2017
the present building remain open for business after October 1st,
and what will become of the other ancillary providers there (eg.
Ranan Cohen, Joan Flynn, Les Weiser)?.........Answer:
The building will be closed for all business as of October 1st. Ranan
and Joan will be at 11 Market Square (Unit 8, 2nd Floor),
Newburyport, as of September 1st.
Joan can be reached at
978.499.3955. Ranan can be reached at 978.499.3855 downtown, or either at
603.659.2528 (home office) or at 603.431.6677, x 240 at Whole
Life Healthcare. Les is presently looking for another
practice location in the region.
choose to transfer my medical care to
NSPG (North Shore
Physicians Group) in Rowley, how do I do this?.........Answer:
insurance or call NSPG to make sure
your insurance allows them to be your PCP.
for a known list of insurances they do and don't take.
Hopefully all current patients in the practice will
by now have received a letter explaining the decision to close
HFP. In that same
envelope is a release form which needs to be fully completed and
mailed in the enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope to
they have your signed authorization, please contact
their central registration at (877) 892-7707 FIRST BEFORE
calling the Rowley office
location at (877) 379-5522 to schedule
your future appointments.
downloadable version of the records form to fax/mail or drop off
NSPG in Rowley is available
here. Note: Leave the section for "PATIENT
MEDICAL RECORD #" blank.
do I do about my records if I do not plan to stay with Dr. March
or move my care to NSPG?.........Answer:
You will still have to choose a new PCP and sign a
medical release form indicating to whom you wish records sent.
We strongly urge that this be done in a paperless fashion
if possible so no fee applies.
you do not designate a new PCP, but want your records for
yourself, we will release them to you, but a fee will be
If you are not going to NSPG,
generic records request form.
If you do not wish to follow Dr. March,
you must contact your insurance by Oct 1st to name a new PCP if
he is currently named.
receive care at HFP between now and October 1st?.........Answer:
Yes, Dr. March and Kate de Kanter, FNP will continue to
see patients through the end of September.
Throughout this time period, all previously scheduled
appointments with these two providers will be honored and do not
need to be rescheduled.
is happening with Kate de Kanter, FNP and Lynne Henning,
Kate will be transitioning in October to 2 days a week each at
Medical Associates and at an urgent care facility in
Beverly, but will be available through the date of HFP’s closing.
Lynne will be leaving HFP as of Friday, July 14th
and starting work with
Coastal Medical Associates.
that many of you may have additional questions about this
We ask that you respect that
the volume of phone calls to HFP in the next few months will be
considerable, so please try to limit any calls about this
process unless they are truly urgent.
letter from our partner providers, Ranan
Cohen and Joan Flynn.
Please only use the Portal's appointment
request feature for non-acute, routine visits, not
for same day or same week appointment requests.65 Newburyport Turnpike
Newbury, MA 01951
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