Health Care in America is at a crossroads. Patients find physician access is often limited due to the cost-prohibitive nature of insurance deductibles. There is a relatively new type of movement amongst physician practices called Direct Primary Care, (DPC). DPC Practices function under the tenant that medical insurance should be saved for high expense and catastrophic medical expenses, (hospitalizations, surgeries, etc.). Routine primary care services & preventative services are billed directly to the patient (or employer) via a fixed, monthly cost. By NOT utilizing insurance for these more basic services, care is cheaper and more efficient. This engaging discussion will discuss how Physician Practices are opting out of the insurance-based reimbursement model and billing patients and employers directly—the end result being more face to face time with your doctor, fixed primary care costs, and an overall improvement in patient (and physician) satisfaction.
Presenter: Vivek Sinha, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Belleview Medical Partners
Fields of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Amount of Recommended CPE: 2 hours
Type of Delivery Method: Group-Live
- Understand how Primary Care Practices are reimbursed in the current Insurance-Based Model of reimbursement.
- Understand how Direct Primary Care Practices differ from typical Insurance-Only Based Practices.
- Appreciate the pitfalls of not having adequate access to a Primary Care Physician.
- Understand how many people who have health insurance, can’t afford to use their health insurance.
Program Level: Basic
Advanced Preparation: NONE