Direct Primary Care Coalition Advocates for Better Patient Care and Access
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Burke, Communications Director, DPCC, www.dpcare.org | 301.801.9847
March 4, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) As part of its continued effort to educate the nation’s policymakers on the value of the new and growing direct primary care (DPC) model, the Direct Primary Care Coalition (DPCC), will hold its Washington, D.C. Fly-In March 4-6, 2014. This three-day event will convene leaders of the Coalition from across the country to address current legislative priorities and to strategize on advocacy initiatives with Congress and the Administration. Coalition members will focus on the following key policy initiatives to help improve health outcomes by allowing patients to have access to personal primary care physicians.
- Medicare patients currently do not have access to this new model of care. DPC physicians can spend significantly more time with patients than those practicing in fee-for-service, resulting in better patient care. Coalition members will spend time with legislators engaged in payment reform efforts tied to the repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).
- The Affordable Care Act contains a provision allowing DPC Medical Homes in combination with qualified health plans to offer coverage in the healthcare exchanges. This provision, like similar provisions in state law, defines DPC practices appropriately as outside of insurance regulation. Definitions in the Internal Revenue Code, however, have not kept up. The IRS currently defines monthly fee based DPC medical homes as “health plans,” keeping individuals with Health Savings Accounts from fully utilizing the DPC model. Participants will ask Congress to weigh in with IRS to update these definitions so that patients with any kind of insurance can access a DPC physician.
“We are facing a pivotal time in healthcare and our coalition of direct primary care doctors is dedicated to making an impact on reforms that can provide better patient care and access,” said DPCC Chairman, Dr. Garrison Bliss. “Our efforts on Capitol Hill are important, as is our continued work on the state level to present direct primary care as a critical part of the health insurance marketplace.”
The DPCC is guided by a steering committee of pioneers in direct primary care including:
- Garrison Bliss, MD, DPCC Chairman – Qliance Medical Management, Inc., Seattle, WA
- Erika Bliss, MD, Qliance Medical Management, Inc.,
- Seattle, WA
- John Muney, MD, AMG Medical Group, New York, NY
- Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, Iora Health, Cambridge, MA
- Clint Flanagan, MD, Nextera Healthcare, Firestone, CO
- David Tusek, MD, Nextera Healthcare, Firestone, CO
- Vic Wood, MD, Primary Care One, Wheeling, WV
- Mason Reiner, R-Health, Philadelphia, PA
- Randy Robinson, MD, R-Health, Philadelphia, PA
- Charles Whitney, MD, Revolutionary Health Services, Washington Crossing, PA
“Direct primary care provides an affordable, cost effective and straightforward relationship with a doctor. It is also a life-line to those primary care physicians across America considering alternative business structures for their practices,” said The Direct Primary Care Journal Editor, Michael Tetreault. “The DPCC’s discussion and advocacy about this growing model in Washington DC is a narrative that needs to occur and will feed the appetite of legislators and the physician community-at-large across the country about why this model of medicine is so popular.”
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The Direct Primary Care Coalition (DPCC), founded in 2009, is a growing advocacy organization of direct primary care physicians, united in the pursuit of a healthier, stronger America and the availability of quality, affordable, and immediate primary health care.