We're pleased to be offering the second in a series of Direct Primary Care "Unsummits" in Dayton, OH May 17th. Many Family Physicians, other primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical practices and non-primary care physicians are interested in exploring the shift to a direct pay business model. Many patients, employers, community leaders, politicians, health care leaders and others want to hear more about direct pay strategies for health care, especially primary care.
The Center for Innovation in Family and Community Health is delighted to organize and sponsor the Unsummit. We appreciate the support of the FMEC in this effort.
A unique feature of the Unsummit is a 90 minute breakfast session for persons in the groups mentioned above to get introduced to Direct Primary Care. New practices are popping up every day using the DPC business model which usually involves an enrollment fee and a monthly fee (at the end of the month in OH) and may include fees per visit. Individual practices vary on whether they have a per visit fee and extra fees for labs, imaging services (e.g., x-rays, etc.), or office surgeries. Other descriptions are available at The Direct Primary Care Coalition and The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
Another unique feature is an insurance agent, Randy Gifford, who will update us on health insurance, including the availability of catastrophic coverage in Ohio which would complement DPC nicely. Steve Deal, a systems engineer with a special interest in the socio-technical interfaces in health care, will speak to the factors in health care that may dehumanize both patients and physicians. He also notes how DPC helps to maintain the humanity of both.
Larry Bauer, MSW, MEd a thought leader in Family Medicine Education who is CEO of the Family Medicine Education Consortium will provide insights about the DPC movement nationally, while Gabe Fine, MBA CEO of Health Access Rhode Island will speak via video or social media about how DPC is a "solution" in health care.
Pat Jonas, MD, ABFM will present about his transition to a hybrid (DPC practice plus traditional insured patients) from a "traditional" (but "families only") family practice model. Phil Whitecar, MD, ABFM will review his transition from an academic practice to hybrid DPC practice. Both physicians include medical student teaching in their practices. Dr Jonas also teaches Family Nurse Practitioner students in his office.
Brian Forrest, MD, ABFM, one of the national leaders in the DPC movement from his DPC practice in Apex, NC, will present via video or social media about how DPC works for him and those he trains across several states and specialties.
The on site faculty will present the 90 minute breakfast session. All faculty will be involved in the 6 hour Nuts and Bolts session for Family Physicians, General Internists, General Pediatricians, IM/Peds Physicians, Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, Medical Office Managers and Primary Care Office Staff.
We should learn a lot, but still have many questions about this evolving and exciting movement.
Here's the formal link with registration information for atttendees, vendors and sponsors, with an alternative for more sensitive computers. DPC Ohio Unsummit II Short Form Unsummit Poster/Registration