Direct primary care (DPC) is a viable alternative to traditional fee-for-service and third-party insurance coverage models and can help to support the healthcare needs of a workplace population as a tangible, competitive benefit with a calculable ROI. The advantages of the DPC model include removing additive financial costs that typically prevent many patients from receiving the full amount of care they need. In contrast to typical fee-for-service models, DPC encourages providers to spend more time with their patients and work with them on long-term health goals and needs. This strengthens the patient-provider relationship, encourages continuity in care, and helps to avoid many of the costliest claims that result from unmanaged chronic conditions and other required emergency services. Additionally, the avoidance of third-party insurance reimbursement restrictions makes managing the benefit easier for HR professionals, and the transparent flat fee pricing model ensures no surprises or additive costs to the client.
DPC can include a comprehensive scope of potential care, including primary care, virtual care, occupational health, mental health, prescription dispensing, physical therapy and more. Clients who partner with a DPC provider can see reduced claims costs year over year and annual trend below industry averages thanks to improved patient outcomes and more consistent preventive care.
In our webcast: “The role of Direct Primary Care in improving employee health and reducing healthcare costs“, you will learn:
- The basics of the direct primary care model and the differences compared to traditional fee-for-service and third-party insurance models
- The ways in which the flat fee model within DPC encourages improved health outcomes and a more consistent patient-provider relationship
- The ways in which DPC reduces year-over-year claims costs and bends annual trend to below industry averages
- The scope of care that the DPC model can provide, which covers 95% of all patient needs