Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an innovative alternative payment model improving access to high functioning healthcare with a simple, flat, affordable membership fee. No fee-for-service payments. No third party billing. The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care provider. Patients have extraordinary access to a physician of their choice, often for as little as $70 per month, and physicians are accountable first and foremost their patients. DPC is embraced by health policymakers on the left and right and creates happy patients and happy doctors all over the country!
The Coalition must continue to push hard for key DPC policy priorities, like:
- Supporting HR 365/ S 1358
- Fixing the IRS definition of DPC for Health Savings Accounts to make monthly fees for primary care a tax deductible medical expense.
- Replacing the broken Medicare fee-for-service payment formula to include Medicare payments to DPC practices as a favored innovation model.
- Working with states to ensure that insurance regulations don’t improperly define DPC as a “health plan” so that this movement can reach every state without political barriers.
The central tenets of this movement are based on a culture of service, patient empowerment, trusting relationships supported by unrushed care, rejection of FFS insurance incentives, excellence of medical care and promotion of health.