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A bevy of recently published news stories about direct primary care -- also referred to as direct medical practice -- has piqued the interest of physicians around the country. And it seems the more family physicians hear about direct primary care, the more they want to know.
The practice model generally features a monthly fee that gives patients unfettered access to their primary care physicians who, in return, are able to manage much smaller patient panels and gain significant face time with their patients.
To help fill the knowledge gap on this primary care model, TransforMED's Delta-Exchange network is offering a webinar -- free to AAFP members -- on May 15 at 1 p.m. CDT. "Direct Primary Care: An opportunity for your practice?" will be moderated by Erika Bliss, M.D., of Kirkland, Wash., and Josh Umbehr, M.D., of Wichita, Kan.
As president and CEO of Qliance Medical Management, Bliss oversees a network that operates five direct primary care clinics. In addition, she devotes 25 percent of her time to patient care.
Umbehr is the founder of Atlas M.D., a successful direct primary care practice in Wichita, Kan., that just added a third family physician less than three years after opening its doors. He promotes Atlas M.D. as "concierge medicine" or a "membership" practice with low monthly fees, but the practice has all the qualifying elements of direct primary care, and Umbehr uses the terms interchangeably.
The duo will spend much of the hour
- discussing the evolution of the direct primary care model,
- sharing their personal stories about improved patient care and physician satisfaction, and
- providing insight into how the model can revive a practice and increase its revenue.
Bliss and Umbehr want to help other family physicians understand how direct primary care could work for them in their practices and will field questions at the close of the hour.