The direct primary care (DPC) model is a relatively new and often misunderstood concept of healthcare delivery. Patients, policymakers, and even some physicians still need to be educated as to how DPC practices function, particularly how they can be financially self-sustaining and still offer high quality, personalized care.
Policymakers are the focus of an upcoming event hosted by the Direct Primary Care Coalition (DPCC). The DPCC Washington Fly-in is scheduled for May 21-22 at the Hall of States, 400 North Capitol St NW, in Washington, DC. The agenda is yet to be announced for this year’s Fly-in. In past years, however, DPC leaders from around the country have come to Washington “to focus attention on important federal policy changes to help DPC practices grow and improve health care for more Americans.”
The coalition is urging lawmakers to pass legislation regarding DPCs and their relationship to insurance, especially health savings accounts (HSAs) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whether DPCs are considered insurers and must adhere to insurance regulations is of particular concern to many primary care physicians.
The DPCC May 2018 Washington Fly In is now open for registration. DPC physicians concerned about current and future legislation that may impact their practices are encouraged to register and participate.
DPC practices are growing in popularity. In 2005, there were fewer than 150 physicians practicing in direct primary care, concierge, and other direct care models. This number grew five times in the next five years, to 756 in 2010, and then even more rapidly to an estimated 6,500 direct care physicians across the country by the end of 2015.
Elation Health is dedicated to helping independent physicians succeed in their DPC practices. Our Direct Care Playbook is designed to provide physicians with specific guidance on setting up a practice, marketing to and educating patients, and optimizing a practice for success.