Last Updated: Mar 21, 2018
Direct Primary Care (DPC) – an alternative payment model where patients pay a flat monthly medical service fee or membership fee directly to the medical practice in exchange for primary care services – has been gaining national attention as more physicians continue to adopt this model.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) new whitepaper answers member questions on DPC and addresses topics such as:
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- The pure and hybrid types of DPC and how they differ
- Current Pennsylvania bills that seek to create a framework for DPC
- Establishing a DPC practice
- Considerations when discussing DPC with patients
- DPC and tax treatment
DPC Legislation in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Senate Bill (SB) 926, introduced on Oct. 11, 2017, and House Bill (HB) 1739, introduced on Aug. 24, 2017, both seek to create a framework for “providing for direct primary care, medical service agreements and insurance, for medical service agreement requirements and for use of other health care practitioners.”
In January 2018, PAMED President Theodore Christopher, MD, FACEP, issued a statement in support of HB 1739. “As our country faces political uncertainty on our current health care cost configuration, DPC becomes more intriguing and worthy of further investigation and testing,” said Dr. Christopher.
More on the DPC Whitepaper and How It Was Developed
In October 2017, physicians at PAMED’s House of Delegates meeting voted to adopt a resolution to create education for members on the DPC model. The resolution was authored by PAMED member Kimberly Legg Corba, DO.
PAMED thanks Dr. Legg Corba for her contributions to the whitepaper, and the following physician members for their feedback on the DPC model: Mark Lopatin, MD; Marion Mass, MD; and Winslow Murdoch, MD.