(STUDY) DPC: Practice Distribution and Cost Across the Nation

(Philip M. Eskew, DO, JD, MBA and Kathleen Klink, MD)

Direct primary care (DPC) is an emerging practice alternative that (1) eliminates traditional third-party fee-for-service billing and (2) charges patients a periodic fee for primary care services. We describe the DPC model by identifying DPC practices across the United States; distinguish it from other practice arrangements, such as the “concierge” practice; and describe the model’s pricing using data compiled from existing DPC practices across the United States. Lower price points and a broad distribution of DPC practices were confirmed, but data about quality are lacking.

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SOURCE: http://www.jabfm.org/content/28/6/793.full.pdf+html

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