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Direct Primary Care (DPC) has been available for some time, but it has been marketed mainly to individuals. Today, a small number of DPC doctors and executives are making substantial strides toward breaking into the employer market. Our guest, Alex Lickerman, MD, Founder and CEO at ImagineMD, thinks the time is right and explains how it all works.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • Understanding the different DPC practice models.
  • The “single shingle” practice still plays a role.
  • What advisors need to have credible and successful C-Suite discussions.
  • How increased interest in partial self-funding is accelerating the opportunities.
  • Why working with advisors helps DPC practices adapt and prosper.

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Ten years ago, a number of physician “academies” came together to pioneer the concept of Medical Home. Today, that concept is more widely known as Direct Primary Care (DPC). Today, interest in DPC and the practice model itself is rapidly evolving. Our guest, Jon Hernandez is the CEO at PeakMed Direct Primary Care in Colorado, and he is one of the drivers who are pushing DPC into its next evolution.

In this fast-paced interview, we discuss different models of DPC and how the next version of DPC has been reverse engineered to include as many different lines of service as possible under a simple, affordable monthly pricing structure. As ever-growing personal responsibility amounts have caused some Americans to become “functionally uninsured”, interest in DPC is growing. Learn what’s new today and what is coming soon!

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • What are the different traditional DPC models?
  • What are the strengths/weaknesses of those models?
  • How are new approaches being developed?
  • How is technology helping?
  • What needs to happen to make this practice model more attractive to employers?

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This week, we continue our conversation with a pioneer and disruptor in direct primary care (DPC): Samir Qamar, M.D. Dr. Qamar is the founder and CEO of  MedLion and MedWand. On this episode of Shiftshapers, Dr. Qamar shares his latest invention, which aims to take telemedicine to another level.

Telemedicine is a huge component of the direct primary care model. First generation telemedicine tools only allowed doctors to provide consultations because doctors weren’t able to examine patients. MedWand is a project that Dr. Qamar is working on that would launch telemedicine into the future. MedWand makes health care portable and interactive.

We talk about a brand new device that Dr. Qamar is bringing to market – a mouse-sized piece of technology that has the potential to revolutionize patients’ interactions with their physicians. This new technology will allow physicians to spend more appropriate time with clients. Tune into this insightful exploration of the new technologies being developed that will help extend our virtual interaction with our primary care providers.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • Whether direct pay will take primary care/family medicine back to the era of the family doctor.
  • The evolution of today’s telemedicine.
  • Why the first generation of telemedicine wasn’t helpful for more than consultations.
  • How accessible this technology is for consumers.
  • Why frequent claims are an insurance killer.
  • The other technology coming to market that will extend our electronic interaction with providers.

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On this episode, we’re honored to be speaking to a pioneer and disruptor in direct primary care (DPC): Samir Qamar, M.D. Dr. Qamar is the founder and CEO of two companies, MedLion and MedWand. DPC revisits a traditional business model that eliminates insurance for non-catastrophic health care needs.

In this first episode of our two-part interview, we asked Dr. Qamar to talk about the ins and outs of the direct primary care model and share his unique journey into that field. We also talk about how the direct primary care pioneers were able to get the DPC inserted into the ACA, and how DPC realigns incentives. We’ll explore how DPC might be a good fit for clients struggling with today’s increased personal responsibility amounts, and how they coordinate with and complement high deductible plans.

DPC offers an exciting alternative as insurance rates and health care costs continue to skyrocket. Dr. Qamar shares how health care costs can be dramatically reduced by taking a fresh look at how we price primary care services. The quality of care and access improves with this new approach. Benefit advisors will learn how to best position this service to assist their clients.

What You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • What a direct primary care is and how it differs from fee-for-service.
  • How Dr. Qamar developed a direct primary care practice catering to the general public.
  • How a key change in PPACA made a big difference.
  • Whether DPC is an individual play, a group play, or both.
  • Why insurance is unnecessary in primary care.
  • Strategies that benefit advisors should know to help clients avoid penalties and adverse experiences with DPC.

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On this episode of ShiftShapers, we welcome Dr. Erika Bliss, President and CEO of Qliance, a Seattle-based pioneer in the Direct Pay Primary Care (DPPC) practice model. Established in 2006, Qliance is delivering impressive results by focusing on an on-demand primary care model. With the increased personal responsibility consumers face with today’s plan designs, DPPC is becoming increasingly significant in helping to keep patients healthy while helping them to manage out of pocket expenses.

I invited Erika to the program to share her journey within the healthcare system and the shifts that DPPC has shaped in the process. Unsatisfied with the traditional healthcare model after working a number of years as a primary care physician, Erika transitioned into a new, more efficient model.

Listen in as Erika explains how the Direct Primary Care model eliminates the co-pays and deductibles that are often a barrier to routine and preventive care while also increasing patient health and satisfaction.

What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Erika’s background in healthcare.
  • What Direct Primary Care is.
  • How Qliance’s model works.
  • Whether the payers value managed care if they see the cost savings DPC practice models can deliver.
  • Whether it make sense to charge a co-pay for primary care.
  • Why the DPC model is more relevant in a post-ACA world.

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