Direct Primary Care (DPC)

(Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a new model for financing and delivering primary care)

Brian Pierce MD, a MAFP member practicing in Rockport - was interviewed by WABI TV5 on February 13, 2017 about his DPC Practice:

Trainings & Informational Meetings:

Events - DPC Frontier

Open-Access Videos - FREE - on DPC Frontier

AAFP Direct Primary Care Summit - HERE

At this fast-paced, one-day Workshop, you will:
• Receive dedicated face time from industry experts.
• Participate in small group, peer-to-peer learning sessions with a curriculum designed for practicing physicians.
• Gain first-hand knowledge of the benefits and challenges involved with starting or converting your practice.

“There's a way to be the physician you set out to be. The DPC Workshop will help you start down that path.” --DPC Workshop attendee

Break free from administrative burdens and get back to focusing on patients

Interested in pursuing a direct primary care (DPC) practice? DPC is becoming a widely accepted primary care delivery model that promotes patient-centered care, offering relief from administrative burdens and an alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing.
Get Started with the DPC Toolkit - HERE

Connect with colleagues who are interested in DPC -

Join AAFP's DPC Member Interest Group (MIG) - HERE

New England Direct Primary Care Alliance: 

The New England Direct Primary Care (DPC) Alliance is a regional network that advocates for DPC as an exciting approach to provide affordable healthcare.  CONNECT through their Facebook Page - HERE

Resources/Articles of Interest:

AAFP DPC Resources (includs AAFP position paper, what members need to know, various resources)

FAQs On Direct Primary Care

"AAFP showing strong support for DPC" In The Trenches blog - June 21, 2016
     In this In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights how the Academy is supporting members practicing in DPC models as well as those who are interested in learning more.

"the Direct Primary Care Journal" (DPC news and resources on line)

"Medicine Is About To Get Personal" - Time Magazine, 22 Dec. 2014

"How can Americans get better health care for less money? There's a quiet experiment going on among primary-care physicians, and the results are intriguing"  Read the entire article HERE

Read about what the AAFP is doing around DPC in the June 17th issue of In The Trenches - "Is Direct Primary Care Right for You?"

From AAFPs News Now:

Primary Care Payment Innovation Can Mean Leaving Insurers Behind

June 20, 2014 04:18 pm Michael Laff Washington – Patients might be a long away from a world without health insurance companies, but a growing number of primary care practices are bypassing the middleman patients often loathe.  Rather than paying monthly premiums and sweating high deductibles, patients who opt for direct primary care can pay a monthly subscription fee that covers basic primary care. Other practices offer more interaction with a physician by leveraging technology  (read the entire article)

The AAFP has answers to frequently asked questions about direct primary care

What's All the Buzz About Direct Primary Care?

May 06, 2014 08:45 pm Sheri Porter Kansas City, Mo. – How does a plenary speaker keep his family physician audience totally engaged and yearning for more discussion late on a Friday afternoon -- especially after a 75-minute presentation that includes a slide show packed with statistics?

The answer is simple. Enthrall that audience with details about direct primary care (DPC), a practice model that is sweeping the nation and re-energizing physicians and their patients.

Presented as part of the AAFP's 2014 Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) held here May 1-3, last Friday's session, titled "Hope for Independent Family Physicians -- How a Direct Care Model Can Allow Small Practices to Thrive," did just that.

Plenary speaker and family physician Brian Forrest, M.D., tells attendees at his presentation on direct primary care that the model initially appealed to him, in part, because he wanted to spend more time with patients.  He opened his DPC practice, Access Healthcare,( ) 12 years ago, in Apex, N.C., to a chorus of negative comments from well-meaning colleagues. They insisted that Forrest was crazy and jeopardizing his business.  (read the entire article here)

Article:  Direct Primary Care: An Alternative Practice Model to the Fee-For-Service Framework

AAFP Family Practice Management Article Collection - highlights several practices that have had success with variations of this model

Direct Primary Care Journal

Cash-Only Practices: 8 Issues to Consider (Medscape, May 15, 2014)

Issue Brief:  On Retainer:  Direct Primary Care Practices Bypass Insurance

Below is an article about Direct Primary Care written by Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA.  “Why the Direct Pay Model Would Work Well for the Poor Population

"When most people, even health professionals, hear the term Direct Pay Primary Care, they presume this is high cost concierge care for the wealthy.  While it may have started out this way, it has evolved over the last decade and many variations of the model exist now that would serve poor patients well."Click here to read more.


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