Saturday, February 28, 2015 | Atlanta, GA

Direct Primary Care Workshop - SOLD OUT

DPC Workshop,
Atlanta: Sold Out

Due to the popularity of this course, the DPC Workshop for Atlanta has sold out. Walk-up registrations are not available for this event.

Register for the next workshop on direct primary care, which takes place in Wilmington, Deleware, on March 28, 2015.

Learn more about the Deleware DPC Workshop »

Course Details

Gain an in-depth understanding of transitioning to a Direct Primary Care practice with this one-day, hands-on, peer-to-peer session using our resources.

About the Course

  • Knowledge from DPC pioneers (industry leaders)
  • Garner an in-depth understanding of transitioning to a DPC practice
  • Hands-on/Peer-to-peer learning with DPC resources

This workshop is designed to help you gain understanding on transitioning your practice. No CME is awarded.

Registration Fee

AAFP MembersEARLY BIRD FEE*: $635FEE: $675
Non MembersEARLY BIRD FEE*: $835FEE: $875

Hotel Information

Contact the hotel directly to make arrangements for your accommodations during this course.

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport North(
3437 Bobby Brown Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30344
(Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on grounds 1 mile from hotel)
Phone: (404) 477-6600

Please contact the hotel for pricing and availability at 1 (404) 477-6600.

DPC Workshop in Atlanta

Note: A limited number of rooms at the discounted group rate are available for conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be guaranteed by the AAFP. 

About Hotel Reservations
  • Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport North guarantees reservation by credit card. Credit cards will not be charged prior to the guest's scheduled arrival date.
  • Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

More About the Course

Given the nascent nature of the DPC movement, there is still a significant lack of resources to support family physicians in learning more about the model and in undertaking the transformational process. Due to the lack of available best practice guidance, several AAFP members that have begun converting into DPC practices have already gotten into significant difficulties with insurance carriers, state insurance regulators, or their existing patients.

The interest among family physicians in the DPC model is due to the fact that it empowers them to work directly with their patients and bypass the entrenched infrastructure of dealing with insurance carriers. Many of the everyday hurdles that family physicians have come to accept as simply the unavoidable pitfalls of practicing medicine are part of this infrastructure– such as the requirement for coding patient visits and managing claims for reimbursement. In short, the DPC model directly aligns high-value patient-centered care, physician autonomy, and an appropriate payment model which rewards family physicians specifically for taking care of their patients rather than for the volume of patients that can be seen in a single day.

The intent of the DPC Workshop series is two-fold:

  1. promote a broader awareness of the DPC model as a meaningful alternative to the traditional fee-for-service payment model among family physicians; and
  2. disseminate best in class tools and resources to support participants by equipping them to evaluate the DPC transformational process and to position themselves for success if they decide to become a DPC physician.

The workshops will be one-day, eight-hour meetings structured around adult-learning principles and peer-to-peer learning activities. To preserve the effectiveness of the workshops as educational cohorts, the attendance will be limited (approximately 60 participants).

All workshop attendees will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the AAFP DPC Toolkit. Resources drawn from the toolkit will be integrated into the DPC Workshop curriculum.

Event Schedule

To truly promote peer-to-peer learning, the DPC Workshop curriculum is structured to minimize the amount of didactic lectures. The vast majority of time will be comprised of various discussion-based activities.

Please note: on-site changes to the curriculum can be made by the faculty in order to better address the concerns of the attendees.

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
 Welcome, Introductions, and Course Overview 
 Defining the Direct Primary Care Model 
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Networking Luncheon 
 Providing the Framework to Establish a DPC Practice 
 Working Break 
 Identifying Legal and Practical Hurdles in Establishing a DPC Practice 
 Designing Your DPC Business and Identifying Your Patients 
 Establishing Your DPC Practice: Financials and Operations 
5:45 - 6:00 p.m.
Closing Comments and the Charge-to-Action 


Brian Forrest, MD, CEO, Access Healthcare Direct

  • Opened Access Healthcare PA in 2002, the first DPC family medicine micropractice in the country.
  • Has provided support to physicians in 20-plus states to open direct care and hybrid practices.
  • Supports existing DPC practices as the Network Manager of Access Healthcare Direct, a leading national network of DPC practices.
  • Serves as the Chair of the AAFP DPC Member Interest Group (MIG).

James J. Eischen, Jr., Partner, Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

  • Partner in Higgs Fletcher & Mack’s Litigation, Healthcare, and Private Medicine practice group.
  • Proven track record in supporting physicians in transitioning to DPC practice.
  • Expertise includes structuring physician-patient agreements and medical group amenity packages/structures.
  • Advises clients in matters connected to reimbursement, contracts, interdisciplinary health professional employment and labor issues, and HIPAA compliance.

Course Materials

Registration includes a one-year subscription to the Direct Primary Care Toolkit.

Access information will be sent one week before the course, and a hard copy will be available onsite. Additional information and instructions will be provided by email.