“Under existing interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code, patients with HSAs are prohibited from engaging in DPC arrangements with a family physician or other primary care physician,” the letter stated. “Your bill removes this barrier by allowing patients with HSAs to freely contract with physicians for DPC services.”
January 24, 2017 02:21 pm | AAFP News Staff – Some family physicians might be intrigued by the idea of direct primary care (DPC) but hesitate to adopt this emerging model because of regulatory limitations. Federal lawmakers who are aware of the growing interest in DPC have again this month introduced legislation that aims to make it easier for physicians and patients to choose this model. Two legislators, Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., recently introduced the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2017,(www.congress.gov) which would change tax laws that are hindering the growth of DPC.