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Comparing Concierge Medicine in Northern Virginia

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Choosing the best concierge medicine practice in Northern Virginia can be difficult. You know you want more access and a better relationship, but how do you pick the right concierge doctor?

At PartnerMD, we’ve helped thousands of patients make this decision since our founding in 2003. Some choose us and receive trusted care from the doctors in our McLean office. 

Some decide to go elsewhere, whether they look for concierge medicine in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Reston, or even Washington D.C. And that’s ok.

We want to provide useful information to help you select the best concierge medicine practice in Northern Virginia for you and your family.

With so many options in the area, it’s tough to compare one practice against another and keep it all straight.

In this blog, we’ll compare what we do against a few other practices in the area in hopes of getting you on the path to an informed decision.

Concierge Medicine in Northern Virginia: Similarities

To start, it’s important to understand what features are standard throughout concierge medicine. You will see these features across the board:

  • Out-of-pocket membership fee
  • Same-day or next-day appointments for sick care
  • Little to no waiting at the office
  • Longer appointments with your physician
  • After-hours care and weekend access

Concierge Medicine in Northern Virginia: Differences

What differences should you be looking for in each practice? The personality of the doctors is the obvious one. You should have a doctor you like and trust. But beyond that, the core differences include:

  • Cost of membership
  • Doctors at each practice
  • Annual physical options
  • Wellness services
  • The specific form of after-hours care

Then there are additional, smaller differences depending on the practice. In the rest of this article, we’ll dive into the different features offered at a handful of concierge medical practices in Northern Virginia.

Hopefully, by the end of it, you’ll be closer to selecting the best concierge medicine provider in Northern Virginia for you.

PartnerMD's concierge medicine office in McLean, VA.

Concierge Medicine Practices in Northern Virginia

Here is a list of each concierge medicine practice we will compare.

  • PartnerMD
  • Inova VIP 360 Concierge Medicine
  • MDVIP
  • Northern Virginia Family Practice
  • NOVAMED
  • Family Healthcare of Fairfax

Concierge Medicine in Northern Virginia: Cost

Nationally, the cost of concierge medicine ranges anywhere from $1,200 to $10,000. On the lower end of the spectrum, you’ll find smaller practices. On the higher end of the spectrum, you’ll find what we call luxury medicine or VIP medicine.

In the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area, you can find many options on the lower end of the spectrum. See below for a comparison of the annual cost at each practice.

Practice Cost
PartnerMD $2,200 per year
Inova VIP 360 Concierge Medicine $2,100 per year
MDVIP  $1,650-$2,700 per year
Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates Not publicly available
NOVAMED Not publicly available
Principal Medical Group $2,000 per year
Family Healthcare of Fairfax Not publicly available

Some practices also offer discounts for additional adult family members, young adults, and children.

One thing to keep an eye on as you investigate your option is payment plans. Can you pay monthly, quarterly, or annually? Is the cost different depending on your method of payment? What is the cancellation policy?

At PartnerMD, for example, you can cancel at any time with 30 days’ notice and if you’ve paid ahead, we’ll prorate your money back.

Use our online cost calculator to get an idea of what your Northern Virginia concierge medicine membership cost might be.

Concierge Medicine in Northern Virginia: Doctors in Each Practice

The size of each practice varies. You (and your family) may have one option for a physician. You may have more than one option.

This may play a factor in your decision if you'd like to keep your whole family's care in the same practice. For instance, if you wanted to see one physician and your spouse wanted to see a different physician, but at the same practice. 

Practice Doctors Available
PartnerMD Dr. Kaleen Kitay and Dr. Mandana Shafai are internal medicine doctors in PartnerMD’s McLean office conveniently located in an intimate office building on tree-lined Elm St.
Inova VIP 360 Concierge Medicine INOVA VIP 360 has 15 concierge doctors operating out of their 5 locations in Northern Virginia. 
MDVIP  MDVIP has more than 50 independent concierge doctors throughout Northern Virginia and Washington D.C., including concierge medicine practices in Alexandria, VA; Fairfax, VA; Falls Church, VA; Manassas, VA; Reston, VA; and Washington D.C. 
Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates Four doctors – three family doctors and one internal medicine doctor – and one physician assistant practice at their concierge medicine practice in Alexandria, VA.
NOVAMED Associates Dr. Bradford Pontz and Dr. Eric Vallone are internal medicine doctors. Their office is off Arlington Boulevard just north of Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Family Healthcare of Fairfax Dr. Eugene Shmorhun is a family medicine doctor and Cathy Tong is a certified family nurse practitioner. Their office is off Arlington Boulevard just north of Inova Fairfax Hospital.

**Accurate based on publicly available information as of 3/31/2022.

Male patient meeting with concierge doctor in Northern Virginia.

Concierge Medicine in Northern Virginia: Annual Physical Options

One of the staples of concierge medicine is an annual physical that goes above and beyond what you've traditionally experienced. But each practice offers something a little different. 

Practice Annual Physicals
PartnerMD We charge our standard Classic (2-Hour) Physical to your health insurance. It is almost always covered at 100%.

In addition, we offer the ability to upgrade each year to our Enhanced (5-hour) Physical or our Signature (8-hour) Physical, which offer more advanced lab work through the Cleveland HeartLab, screenings, and consultations for the best in prevention and identification of health risks even before symptoms occur. More information on our advanced physicals is available here.
Inova VIP 360 Concierge Medicine Inova VIP 360 offers an “annual comprehensive exam and expert preventative care.” The first physical offered upon joining is a half-day examination and may include additional testing.
MDVIP  MDVIP’s Wellness Program includes their version of an annual physical and is included in the cost of the membership. How MDVIP handles the cost of their annual is one of the primary differences between PartnerMD vs. MDVIP
Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates Individualized comprehensive annual assessment with complimentary lab panels included with membership.
NOVAMED A comprehensive annual health assessment is scheduled for 60 minutes.
Family Healthcare of Fairfax Their annual wellness exam is 60 minutes.

Concierge Medicine in Northern Virginia: Wellness Services

At some concierge practices in Northern Virginia, you'll simply receive personalized, convenient care from a primary care physician. Some will also provide some sort of wellness services. Here's a comparison of what's available. 

Practice Annual Physicals
PartnerMD Unlimited one-on-one access to PartnerMD’s on-staff health coaches is included in the cost of your membership. They work hand-in-hand with you and your doctor throughout the year to help you achieve your goals.

PartnerMD also offers several wellness programs specifically tailored for health issues around metabolic health, adrenal health, physical fitness, and cognitive health. 
Inova VIP 360 Concierge Medicine No on-staff health coaches or wellness programs. Personal wellness and nutrition planning are offered with membership.
MDVIP  No on-staff health coaches. Their wellness program is centered on the advanced annual physical (discussed above) and is coordinated with the doctor.
Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates No on-staff health coaches or wellness programs. Members get discounted access to the AgeProof Your Body exercise program, which began as a collaboration between NVFP and MovementX physical therapy.
NOVAMED No on-staff health coaches or wellness programs. A personalized wellness plan is provided as part of the comprehensive annual health assessment.
Family Healthcare of Fairfax No on-staff health coaches or wellness programs. “A strong focus on long-term health and wellness” is offered as part of membership.

Concierge doctor on phone with patient.

After-Hours Care at Northern Virginia Concierge Medical Practices

And finally, one of the biggest pros of concierge medicine is the access to care when you need it, whether it's technically during business hours or not. Most concierge medicine practices guarantee some form of 24/7 access to care, whether it's a physician, nurse line, or some other service. 

Practice Annual Physicals
PartnerMD 24/7/365 access to a PartnerMD physician. In McLean, this means it will either be Dr. Kitay or Dr. Shafai the vast majority of the time.

No matter what, you will always get a PartnerMD doctor in Virginia, which means they will have access to your medical charts and information, so they can provide the best care possible when you need it the most.
Inova VIP 360 Concierge Medicine 24/7 access to an Inova concierge physician via phone or pager.
MDVIP  24/7 access via pager, phone, or email. If on vacation, their doctors arrange for another doctor to provide coverage.
Northern Virginia Family Practice Associates 24/7 on-call service with one of the NVFP providers.
NOVAMED 24/7 availability via cell phone for urgent issues.
Family Healthcare of Fairfax 24/7 availability via cell phone for urgent issues.

Concierge Medicine in Northern Virginia: Take the Next Step

Choosing a primary care physician is a major healthcare decision. And as with any big decision, we encourage you to check out your options.

The most important thing is that you find the right fit for you and your family. Invest the time with each practice to identify the right fit. Reach out to different practices and see if you can set up a tour.

You can learn more about membership at PartnerMD here. If you’re ready to check out PartnerMD McLean, schedule a visit with our team.

Need more information on concierge medicine in general? Check out our free e-book “Understanding Concierge Medicine.”

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