Doctors Speak Up About Direct Primary Care: New Survey Reveals Physician Attitudes to DPC Model
OCTOBER 14, 2016 BY NAVEEN-RAO
InCrowd has teamed up with Naveen Rao, the editor of Tincture, a website covering healthcare and humanity, for a 3-part series on perceptions of Direct Primary Care. Over the next three weeks we will examine what physicians know about this model, its pros and cons, and what kind of impact it might have for both physicians and patients. We surveyed 226 US based primary care physicians with an average of 20 years experience to get feedback from the front lines of primary care.
Six years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, much remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: improving health care is tough. On the payment side, a few major insurers have left the exchanges, citing financial losses. On the care delivery side, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs, or voluntary groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, providing care to Medicare patients), have struggled to meet savings and performance benchmarks, while private practices face a combination of market-driven cost increases and unending, payer-driven regulatory burdens.
As policy wonks and health economists debate and tinker with an evolving framework of measurement and incentive payments, a new crop of entrepreneurial physicians have begun to ask another question: What if there was a way to remove the insurance complexity from the primary care system?