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Direct Primary Care -- FPM Topic Collection

Jul 13, 2020 - Some physicians are breaking ties with insurance companies and offering a direct-pay or cash-only approach to primary care services. This topic collection highlights several practices that have had success with variations of this model. Some physicians are breaking ties with insurance ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=90

Direct Primary Care (DPC)

The AAFP supports a physician's choice to provide health care in any ethical health care delivery system model, including the DPC practice setting.

Advocacy : Advocating for You: Advocacy Topics

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/advocacy-topics/physician-payment/dpc.html

Direct Primary Care

Family physicians can learn about the direct primary care (DPC) model, which provides a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/direct-primary-care.html

DPC Toolkit

The AAFP DPC Toolkit is designed to help family physicians evaluate and plan for their conversion or start a direct primary care practice.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/direct-primary-care/toolkit.html

Considering direct primary care? Here are five tips to get started

Interest in DPC was growing even before the pandemic took a chunk out of fee-for-service revenues. If you’re among those interested in the model, here are five tips for making the switch.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/dpc_online_resources.html

Direct Primary Care

Read the AAFP's policy statement on direct primary care.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/direct-primary-care.html

AAFP Direct Primary Care Toolkit: DPC Overview

Direct primary care (DPC) is a payment model that has grown, in large part, from the discipline of family medicine. The model is an alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing. This activity provides an overview of the direct primary care model and key characteristics of the model.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/direct-primary-care/dpc-toolkit-overview.html

Is Direct Primary Care the Solution to Our Health Care Crisis? -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - While attempting to solve one problem, DPC may be exacerbating other serious problems in our health care system.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p10.html

In Defense of Direct Primary Care -- FPM

Oct 1, 2016 - Direct primary care will continue to grow because it empowers price transparency, quality, and patient satisfaction.

Family Practice Management : Opinion

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0900/p12.html

Direct Primary Care Regulatory and Legal Impacts Toolkit

The direct primary care (DPC) model is an attractive option for family physicians who want to practice comprehensive, patient-centered family medicine. However, there are several significant regulatory and legal requirements you need to be aware of when practicing in a DPC model.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/direct-primary-care/dpc-toolkit-regulatory-legal-impacts.html

Direct Primary Care Business Planning Toolkit

A well-written business plan for family physicians' direct primary care (DPC) practice is one of the most important steps to position a new family medicine business for success. This course helps family physicians determine the initial steps to establish and launch a new DPC practice.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/direct-primary-care/dpc-toolkit-business-planning.html

Direct Primary Care Toolkit Starter Pack

Family physicians can use this direct primary care (DPC) toolkit starter pack to learn how to set up their new practice for success.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/direct-primary-care/dpc-toolkit-starter-pack.html

Direct Primary Care Marketing and Patient Engagement Toolkit

The direct primary care (DPC) model has significant benefits for both the family physician and the patient. It is important to effectively and clearly explain the value you are providing. Having an effective marketing strategy will be a key to your success.

Family Physician : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/practice-and-career/delivery-payment-models/direct-primary-care/dpc-toolkit-marketing-patient-engagement.html

Considering DPC? These resources can help

Transitioning to direct primary care is a major change, but there are several places to get helpful information.

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/dpc_resources.html

Direct Primary Care Was the Change She Needed

DPC Summit speaker Jennifer Harader says changing to direct primary care increased her scope of practice, improved her work-life balance and saved her career.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20210706fdf-harader.html

Building a Direct Primary Care Practice

After more than eight years in the fee-for-service world, Jeffrey Gold, M.D., needed a change. He found a model that "makes sense" in direct primary care.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180709fdf-gold.html

Academy Praises Bill Lowering Direct Primary Care Barrier

The Academy recently applauded legislation that would revise the federal tax code to allow health savings account funds to be applied to direct primary care fees.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190826pceact.html

DPC Was His Solution for Affordable, Full-scope Care

Nicholas Tomsen, M.D., was determined to use the full scope of his training, including obstetrics. He's doing it all in direct primary care.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20200629fdf-tomsen.html

DPC Doc Shares Vision in State Leadership Role

Molly Rutherford, M.D., M.P.H., combined addiction medicine and direct primary care in one practice. Now Rutherford, the Kentucky AFP's Board chair, is letting others know her model works.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190923fdf-rutherford.html

DPC and COVID: Looking Back as We Move Forward

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, but as we ease back into the pre-pandemic rhythm of working, seeing family and cautiously exploring public spaces, it seems only natural to take a step back and reflect on what the past year and a half have brought us. In this Fresh Perspectives blog ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20210722fp-dpccovid.html

House Calls - American Family Physician Restricted content. Login required.

Aug 15, 2020 - The demand for house calls is increasing because of the aging U.S. population, an increase in patients who are homebound, and the acknowledgment of the value of house calls by the public and health care industry. Literature from current U.S. home-based primary care programs describes ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0815/p211.html

AAFP Backgrounder: Direct Primary Care

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the physician and patient choice to provide and receive health care in any ethical health care delivery system model, including the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/BKG-DPC.pdf

Transitioning to Direct Primary Care -- FPM

Aug 1, 2020 - Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p29.html

Outpatient Management of COVID-19: Rapid Evidence Review - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2020 - Common presenting symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 include fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. However, patients may have a wide range of symptoms representing a spectrum of mild to severe illness. Symptoms in children tend to be milder and may include fever, cough, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1015/p478.html

End-of-Life Care: Managing Common Symptoms - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2017 - Physicians should be proficient at managing symptoms as patients progress through the dying process. When possible, proactive regimens that prevent symptoms should be used, because it is generally easier to prevent than to treat an acute symptom. As swallowing function diminishes, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0315/p356.html

Topic Collections -- FPM

Nov 9, 2021 - FPM editors' choice of best available content for family physicians.

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewAll.htm

Practice Transformation: Taking the Direct Primary Care Route -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - This practice cured its insurance headaches by switching to a cash-only payment model and charging annual retainer fees.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0500/p10.html

Career Options -- FPM Topic Collection

May 11, 2021 - Family medicine may be a single specialty, but it comes in almost as many Family medicine may be a single specialty, but it comes in almost as many flavors as there are family physicians. This collection of articles is designed to display a variety of flavors of practice and give you a ...

Family Practice Management : Topic Collections

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/topicModules/viewTopicModule.htm?topicModuleId=46

Childhood Bullying: Implications for Physicians - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2018 - Childhood bullying is common and can lead to serious adverse physical and mental health effects for both the victim and the bully. In teenagers, risk factors for becoming a victim of bullying include being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; having a disability or medical condition ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p187.html

AAFP Comments on IRS Proposed Rule on Direct Primary Care Arrangements - August 10, 2020

...medical care arrangements including direct primary care arrangements, as published by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the June 10, 2020 Federal Register. The IRS proposed rule would treat expenses related to direct primary care (DPC) arrangements as eligible medical expenses...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-IRS-ProposedDPCRule-081020.pdf

AAFP Offers Senate Suggestions for Improved Primary Care

The AAFP recently advised a Senate committee to support work on advanced primary care, social determinants of health, direct primary care and CMS' Independence at Home demonstration project.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181210senatetestimony.html

FP Is Taking a Direct Approach to Making Things Better

Allison Edwards, M.D., isn't shy about sharing her opinion when things need improvement. At two upcoming AAFP events, she'll share her perspective as a direct primary care practice owner.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190415fdf-edwards.html

Solo Practice: Can It Survive? -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - The environment is tougher than ever. Proactive revenue management and direct pay models provide opportunities for small practices

Family Practice Management : From the Editor

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0500/p4.html

CMS Considers New Direct Provider Contracting Model

The AAFP took advantage of CMS' request for information on a proposed new payment model to highlight the benefits of direct primary care and the Academy's own alternative payment model.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180611dpcrfi.html

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

AAFP Letter of Support to House on the Primary Care Enhancement Act - July 12, 2021

The AAFP supports direct primary care (DPC) and believes health savings accounts (HSAs) funds should be able to be used to pay for participation in a DPC practice. The AAFP endorsed the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2021 (H.R. 4301 and S.128) to do this.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-House-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-071221.pdf

AAFP Letter of Support to Senate on the Primary Care Enhancement Act - July 12, 2021

The AAFP supports direct primary care (DPC) and believes health savings accounts (HSAs) funds should be able to be used to pay for participation in a DPC practice. The AAFP endorsed the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2021 (H.R. 4301 and S.128) to do this.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-Senate-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-071221.pdf

Life After Residency: Exploring Practice Options in Family Medicine -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Oct 1, 2021 - Your options are limitless, so start your job search with a clear understanding of your personal and professional interests.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0900/p30.html

AAFP Letter to CMS on Surprise Billing Regulations Pt II - December 3, 2021

The AAFP urges CMS to minimize administrative burdens from surprise billing regulations on primary care practices, which are typically in-network physicians. One new requirement will be unnecessarily burdensome and duplicative for DPC practices.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-CMS-SurpriseBillingPart2-120321.pdf

Transitioning to Direct Primary Care

...Transitioning to Direct Primary Care Imagine practicing medicine without all the administrative burdens related to billing insurance. Here’s how one physician made the switch. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Kauffman is the founder of Hickory Medical Direct Primary Care in Bellefontaine,...

Family Practice Management

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/fpm20200700p29.pdf

What Millennials Want Out of Primary Care, and How to Deliver It -- FPM Restricted content. Login required.

Jun 1, 2021 - As the largest adult generation in the U.S., millennials will have an outsized impact on the future of health care. Here are some ways to make primary care more appealing to all patients, including the first group raised with the internet.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0500/p29.html

Employment and Contract Considerations for Family Physicians in the Era of COVID-19 -- FPM

Feb 1, 2021 - Family physicians may encounter unfamiliar employment challenges in the short-term, but long-term job prospects remain promising.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2021/0100/p11.html

Ten Tips for Cultivating Patience During Uncertain Times -- FPM

Aug 1, 2020 - It’s easy to feel impatient with ourselves and others these days. But research suggests impatience can be bad for our health. Here’s a better way to respond.

Family Practice Management : The Last Word

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p43.html

Would Medicare for All Be the Most Beneficial Health Care System for Family Physicians ...

Oct 1, 2020 - Expansion of Medicare or private insurance would not address the deeper problems in our health care system.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/1001/p392.html

Understanding Value-Based Payment: A Primer for Family Physicians -- FPM

Aug 1, 2020 - Public and private payers are transitioning away from fee-for-service and emphasizing value-based payment models. This supplement from the American Academy of Family Physicians describes what you need to know about the transition and how it may affect you and your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2020/0700/p25.html

The Right-Sized Patient Panel: A Practical Way to Make Adjustments for Acuity and ...

Dec 1, 2019 - Do you have the right number of patients on your panel? Here’s a process and a spreadsheet for calculating and adjusting your panel based on actual patient behavior.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/1100/p23.html

Primary Care of Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer - American Family Physician

May 15, 2010 - There are approximately 300,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the United States, and most of them receive their medical care from primary care physicians. Adult survivors of childhood cancer are at considerable risk of long-term morbidity and mortality beyond the recurrence of their ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2010/0515/p1250.html

Physician Burnout: Its Origin, Symptoms, and Five Main Causes -- FPM

Oct 1, 2015 - Burnout is everywhere, buy you can't fight an enemy unless you recognize it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0900/p42.html

Practical Strategies to Achieve Your Health Policy Goals -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - As a physician, you can have a powerful voice in bringing about change in your community. Here’s how to go about it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p20.html

How to Excel at Access -- and Why It Matters -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Patients do better and cost less when they have ready access to primary care, but could your practice be thinking about access all wrong?

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2018/0900/p27.html

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