Sunday, March 23, 2014

#DirectPrimaryCare Ohio Unsummit II Coming Soon to Dayton

Direct Primary Care Ohio Unsummit II in Beavercreek (Dayton) May 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

We have two sessions for this Unsummit, one for those who need to learn about Direct Primary Care such as medical students, physicians, nurse practitioners, employers, patients, community leaders and health care leaders.  The rest of the day, in the second session, we focus on "Nuts and Bolts" of DPC for primary care physicians, primary care nurse practitioners, primary care physician assistants, medical administrators and medical office staff (and others such as medical students and residents).  Click on the link above for details of where, how and how much.

Our base group of "chronic" faculty are listed on the link to the agenda from the link above.  Other faculty will include an insurance expert discussing the availability of catastrophic health insurance in Ohio and the potential fit with Direct Primary Care (eventually?).

We will be online for a few parts of the agenda, reviewing DPC sites that represent different practice types and sizes.  The prices for all of the practices will be publicly displayed on those sites. This transparency is one of the hallmarks of DPC, but a point of controversy with some who have concerns about price fixing.  Nothing about this meeting is intended to fix prices for health care services.  On the contrary, the transparency of DPC is more protective of the public's interests where prices are concerned.

Other DPC physicians and administrators will have an opportunity to participate in person or via social media transmission into the conference room.  The low price of our unsummits enables more persons to participate, but impacts our ability to fly faculty in from a diverse array of DPC practices.

Thousands of physicians are involved in DPC.  It's a growing movement/ solution to overcome  much of what's problematic in health care today.  Stay tuned!

A DPC National Summit is scheduled for Washington, DC June 20-21.  DPC National Summit 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Brain, Pain or Vein Problems? MTHFR Methylation Flaw May Be the Cause

Guest Post by Lauren Miyamasu, RN, FNP Student WSU

Do you have “Brain, Pain, or Vein” problems? Eating plenty of leafy green and yellow vegetables can help clear up that foggy, forgetful brain, decrease those body aches and pains, and decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications! But you need to have enough of the “right stuff” (aka an enzyme called “MTHFR”) to help process those veggies into useful forms! Some of us are lacking that enzyme. However, by supplementing with methyl folate and methyl B12 vitamins, we can help the problems!
Here are some links for more information on MTHFR:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Family Medicine: Honoring the Sacred

A Stuart Kauffman book titled Reinventing the Sacred catches my reading attention from time to time.  Dr. Kauffman asks lots of questions in the book, which has great sections about complexity with strange attractors and an occasional dynamic dysequilibrium.  This gets me thinking about the sacred aspects of life and how they relate to Family Medicine.

What is sacred?

In each person there exists a sacred element at the core of their being.  This element helps to define their humanity and goes with them everywhere, manifesting even when they are engaged with their physician.  It is worthy of consideration in all of their endeavors.  How might Family Physicians recognize it in their patients, and themselves?  Beyond their patients and themselves?

How might God recognize it in individuals and in their Family Physicians?

What do you think?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Family Medicine: Time and Tension

Time is our friend.
Does it end?
Does it bend?
Does it mend?

Tension tones.
Does it drone?
Does it moan?
Does it phone?

Time and tension are important elements of Family Medicine. Could we practice without time and tension?Patients have some time and we have some time to share with them.  The tension in the clinical encounter helps us to use time in a more purposeful way.

 Neighborly practices appreciate the tension in the patient-physician relationship as a way to honor the humanity and importance of all, while respecting the processes that enable us to be helpers of each other.  Over time, we both develop better understandings of how to use the tension and the time.  We improve our relationship and our shared insights.  We are ready for the "Big One", whatever that might be.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Direct Primary Care Ohio Unsummit II May 17 in, Dayton

DATE: Saturday, May 17, 2014
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
INFO: Introductory session for physicians, employers and patients followed by a DPC 'Nuts and Bolts' for primary care physicians, practice managers and medical office personnel. 
SPONSORED BY: The Center for Innovation in Family and Community Health (CIFCH)
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