AAFP: Why would I want to consider practicing in a DPC practice?

Listen To A Recent Interview (July 2013)

Listen To A Recent Interview (July 2013)

JANUARY 15, 2014 – One of the most appealing aspects of the DPC model for family physicians is that the retainer fee payment structure can greatly simplify the business of operating a family practice. DPC practices report significantly reduced operating rates when compared with traditional primary care practices. This is primarily because DPC practices do not need to maintain staff dedicated to organizing, reviewing, filing, and managing payment claims to third-party payers. Further, because many DPC practices do not participate in contracts with private insurance carriers, they avoid the economic pressures of diminishing contract service rates. DPC practices that choose to continue participating in

insurance carrier contracts can act in a far more proactive manner and participate in insurance contracts that are economically beneficial for the practice and its patients.
Additionally, many family physicians practicing in DPC settings report that the opportunity to spend more time with patients has resulted in improved professional satisfaction. This anecdotal evidence is bolstered by the evaluations and assessments that draw a connection between physicians’ satisfaction and the duration of patient visits. Further, the simplification of practice administration and billing processes has resulted in an improved work-life balance for DPC physicians.

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