Saturday, February 13, 2016

DPC Ohio UnSummit IV February 20: Celebrating the Ohio DPC Culture

OK, Folks, we're in the homestretch for the next Ohio DPC education opportunity in Dublin, OH on February 20 from 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM.  Click on the link at the bottom for the Agenda, Faculty list and Registration Form.

Our first speaker, Brian Sammon, DO is a resident leader with experience in the Atlas MD practice in Kansas who will speak of "DPC 101".  Next is the President-Elect of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, Ryan Kauffman, MD explaining how he left his traditional practice in 2015 and started a new DPC practice in a neighboring town in January- "Why DPC?  Why Now? Why I Started Hickory".  He received training at the DPC National Summit III and with Access Healthcare Direct.

Larry Bauer, MSW, MEd (Family Medicine Educator and leader since 1978) will help put DPC in a broader context, especially for the medical students and residents and even more experienced physicians with "Career implications of DPC".

With consideration for physicians later in their careers, even near the end of their practice years, Will Sawyer, MD (of Henry The Hand fame) and Pat Jonas, MD (a Past President of the OAFP in 1995) present "DPC for Geezers:  Hybrid Models and Pitfalls".  Yes, we'll even look at some dangers in DPC, just like we do daily with our patients when reviewing potential benefits and harms of interventions and therapies.

Plenty of Question and Answer time is in the schedule and faculty will spread out for lunchtime conversations.  We'll have water, coffee and snacks for two breaks.  Lunch is on your own and there is a warming and refrigeration kitchen for storing your lunches, etc.  Many sent out for salads or pizzas at previous UnSummits.

After lunch we get into a newer area of DPC with a fascinating presentation by Jed Constantz, "DPC and Hospitals: New Options"  informing us about a project in Ohio with a hospital and DPC. Hospitals are encouraged to send someone to the meeting to hear about how DPC can save them money on employee health and other areas.

A National Tour of DPC practices online is a feature of each UnSummit.  Bring your laptops, tablets, superphones, etc. to follow along and save sites for future reference.  A look at state and national legislative issues about DPC will help participants to hear about some friendships and hurdles that impact DPC.  Ohio has no specific laws about DPC which may make us vulnerable or fortunate. We'll discuss both.

What's different in daily practice with DPC?  Pat and Ryan, the Past and Future Presidents of OAFP, will reveal how it is in their practice.  Time, Time, Time and Time may be mentioned.  Relationships are always a big part of Family Medicine and other primary care specialties.  Are they different in DPC?

Sharing plans are a unique aspect of many DPC and non-DPC practices.  Liberty Healthshare with their Liberty Direct opportunity for DPC patients and physicians is headquartered in Canton.  Dr. Kauffman has some Liberty patients and uses their plan for his personal health plan.

After an important discussion about how we can network in Ohio and nationally, we'll review some ways that DPC might be taught.  Just as the practicing physicians had to teach Family Medicine to get the specialty started, DPC should be taught by DPC physicians primarily.

The Town Hall open session wraps up our UnSummit.  These are always interesting as they are guided by the questions of the participants.

WARNING:  Specific DPC Prices, fees, etc. can't be discussed due to federal restraint of trade guidelines as interpreted for AAFP and OAFP policies.  Dr Kauffman will help us not to mention the unmentionable. He will explain this at the start of the meeting and in the afternoon.  Please respect this limitation.  It is slightly stifling, but the internet isn't.  We'll explain.  Twice.

Thanks to the Family Medicine Education Consortium, Inc. (FMEC) for support in planning and communication.

There's still time to sign up and come to Dublin, Ohio on Saturday February 20th.

A nice follow-up could be the DPC National Summit in Kansas City July 8-10,2016.

DPC Ohio UnSummit IV

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