The MGMA recently released a survey showing some fee-for-service (FFS) independent practices seeing up to 55% revenue drops and up to 60% patient volume drops.

To help shed light on how, in contrast, direct primary care practices have been impacted by COVID-19, we surveyed DPCs around the country.

The highlights are:

  • DPC practices are not experiencing the same level of revenue impact as FFS practices around the country. While 6 out of 10 DPC practices have seen some decrease in memberships, overall, these decreases have typically been under 10%. …

The first question any employer asks when assessing a new healthcare plan/program is: “What does access look like for my employees?” With direct primary care, this critical question is tough to answer, especially if an employer has employees spread out geographically. It’s even harder to understand how much DPC might cost on a per employee basis.

Today, we’re excited to announce something we built to get to the heart of this question: Access Analysis. …


Every year since 2015, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) hosts a DPC Summit in Chicago, where doctors, students, software companies, advocacy groups, and investors gather to discuss the latest in the DPC world. Topics vary from sharing DPC practice experiences and learning how to start a DPC clinic, to understanding advocacy groups and learning how to work with employers.

I only attended the Pre-Conference session on employer opportunities, but I’d like to share what I learned.

DPC doctors need to work with employers

It was clear from the four-hour session that opening up DPC to employers is a priority for the movement. Doctors need a…


Healthcare costs continue to be a severe pain for many businesses and as these costs rise, employers are looking for creative ways to get them under control. However, businesses are focusing mainly on infrequent big-ticket items like cancer, while neglecting the myriad smaller costs that add up and can be replaced by high-quality primary care.

According to Sun Life Financial, a firm that specializes in health benefits and stop-loss coverage, the number of employees with claims exceeding $1M rose 87% since 2014. This alarming trend thrusts high-acuity conditions like cancer and related drug costs into the employer spotlight, and it’s…


This week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to require price transparency on hospital and physician fees. While this move will undoubtedly spark debate inside and outside of political circles, from a pure healthcare context, it can be viewed as a notable step towards patient-centricity and consumerism. And, for the direct primary care (DPC) movement, this is a major milestone in getting DPC recognized as a viable alternative to traditional, insurance-based primary care. …


As a business owner, you’ve probably heard that a lot of businesses are “self-insuring” or “self-funding” these days. You may have even looked into it but it sounded like something only giant corporations with thousands of employees do. And, as a local employer without that kind of scale, you never got past that initial, cursory Google search. It was just simpler to purchase insurance through a large carrier like Blue Cross or United.

Unfortunately, in today’s business climate, oversimplifying your healthcare strategy is no longer a good decision. It’s no secret that healthcare costs continue to skyrocket and are directly…


Hello!

I’m excited to announce that we’re recruiting for a Co-founder & CTO! After spending nearly a decade in hospital administration, I decided that I no longer wanted to be a pawn in the current healthcare system, which is failing both patients and caregivers. I spent months interviewing doctors from across the country and realized that we can leverage technology to help people receive affordable, high-quality primary care at scale. But, as a non-technical CEO, I need a partner in crime to help build this startup into a sustainable and scalable business. Keep in mind, healthcare is not for the…


I got into healthcare for two reasons: to make a positive impact and to build a respectable, stable career. After nearly a decade in hospital administration at some of the biggest groups in the country, I realized I wasn’t making a positive impact because the central proposition of a fee-for-service system is fundamentally flawed.

No matter how much responsibility I took on within the existing healthcare system, I was still operating by its rules. All of the pilot programs I helped launch would never really see the light of day because the machine didn’t allow enough air for those programs…


Over the years, the healthcare industry has come up with lots of ideas to create value, lower costs, and improve people’s health. Most have failed, some have helped a bit, and a few are just repeats of ideas we tried in the ‘80s.

But, at some point, shouldn’t we stop trying to build on a broken foundation and just start from the ground up?

One of the main reasons our health care is so bad in the first place is because the players aren’t incentivized correctly. …


Simply put, direct primary care (DPC) memberships are for everyone. Everyone should be getting regular primary care to stay healthy and prevent illness. Here’s more on how DPC can work for you:

You’re spending too much on urgent cares and co-pays

If your family’s costs have begun to add up just for routine care like doctor’s office and urgent care visits, DPC will work well for you. You can get unlimited visits and access to your doctor with a monthly membership and not worry about pulling your wallet out each time. Plus, you don’t have to wait days or weeks to get in front of them.

Getting regular primary…

Ameeth Reddy

Founder/CEO of Equal Health — better primary care for your employees (www.tryequal.com)

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