What is Direct Primary Care?
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about DIRECT PRIMARY CARE Membership
What is Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care is a membership model for healthcare that gives you direct access to your providers. This means you can talk to us whenever need to. We use the technology of today to make access convenient and collaborative. You can communicate through our secure online messaging or by phone and text. We also offer virtual visits when they are medically appropriate. We offer extended hours, after hours phone calls, and flexible same-day scheduling. We can often meet urgent care needs and save you a trip to the hospital. We know when its time to use emergency care, so call any time with your concerns.
But I only go to the Doctor Once a Year. Why should I pay every month?
You have never worked with doctors that make your health the biggest priority, working with you to meet goals and making it convenient to do so. We anticipate our patients will need us about four times a year, some need more or less. We ask for monthly payments to keep your care affordable, predictable and reliable. If you aren't satisfied with direct primary care you can cancel at any time. There are no contracts or obligations.
Tell me more about the Direct Primary Care Model
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Do you take Insurance?
Yes and No. With the direct primary care model your insurance is used for what it is intended to cover: catastrophic health events, hospitalizations, specialist care, imaging and surgery. You can continue to use your insurance for medications and labs as well. However, we have found discounts on medications, labs, imaging and supplements and we pass our negotiated discounts on to you. We are here to help you manage the health care system so you get the most out of your money and time. Note that our monthly fee is not a charge you can submit to your insurance carrier. Speak with your tax specialist about paying for your membership using FSA accounts or HSA accounts as they may have certain limitations.
Do you accept Medicaid?
We accept Medicaid insurance for our current members only. If you have your own primary care provider and you would like to receive osteopathic manipulation treatments for you or your child, we will accept Medicaid insurance for these services. Please call or text with Medicaid inquiries.
Do I still need Insurance?
DPC membership does not qualify as coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It is your choice whether you to have or do not have insurance. We recommend it as emergencies do happen. However, we'll take care of you either way. If you need suggestions for insurance plans that pair well with our membership, call us.
What is NOT covered?
Our doctors do not use narcotics or controlled substances to manage chronic pain or anxiety. Our techniques and specialties can be used as complementary treatments for pain management but any patient requiring routine narcotic medication will need a specialist.
Is this Concierge Care?
No, this is not Concierge Care. Concierge and Direct Primary Care have similar roots but also differences. In concierge there is typically a retainer fee charged annually; we charge monthly because for many an upfront cost is prohibitive. Concierge practices often continue to bill insurance; Direct Primary Care will not because we don't want you to have to pay twice for your care. Some concierge doctors will be available to you in nursing homes and hospitals, but we do not bill insurance so we will only see you in the office (unless you are a newborn, then we come to you!). We think Direct Primary Care's model is more accessible to all families. Our goal is to provide excellent service, and to greatly reduce cost. If you don't think our rates are affordable, call or email.
About our philosophy of care
What is a D.O.?
A D.O. is a Doctor of Osteopathy. A Doctor of Osteopathy provides the same services as a primary care doctor with an MD and can prescribe medicines but also utilizes hands-on treatments called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or OMT. Osteopathic physicians are fully licensed physicians in all 50 states.
What is Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT)?
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is a gentle, hands-on manipulation designed to help your body maximize its natural healing potential. The OMT by Dr Brie combines techniques that overlap with physical therapy, non force chiropractic, acupuncture and massage. Techniques include:
- Myofascial, muscle energy, counterstrain and trigger point release
- Cranial treatments, similar to craniosacral therapy
- Functional dry needling
What is holistic family medicine?
Holistic family medicine finds optimal ways to support your health, incorporating the best of western and alternative practices. Building and maintaining health is our goal. We use modern medicine for what it is good at: innovative diagnostics. Once we have a clear diagnosis, often we will add expanded laboratory testing to seek underlying causes of issues. Then we present the most effective, least invasive treatment options. Together we decide on a treatment plan that informs and directs your care. To learn more about complementary, alternative and integrative medicine visit the National Institute of Health’s page on the topic or read Dr. Andrew Weil’s introduction to Integrative Medicine.
Do you treat Infants and Children?
Yes! Kids' membership is just $35 a month when added onto a family of two or more! We also see babies for Osteopathic manipulation without a membership for $125 a treatment. For donation treatment options, call the office for details. We preserve same day and next day visits for all members. With Direct Primary Care, you are not turned away to urgent care because you can't get in when your child is sick. When appropriate, phone visits and an online portal mean you can avoid unnecessary trips to the office. We are family doctors, so your child can grow up with us and the whole family can access care in the same great place.
What are your Areas of Expertise?
Traditional Family Medicine
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DIRECT PRIMARY CARE?
The defining element of direct primary care is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care provider.
Empowering this relationship is the key to achieving superior health outcomes, lower costs and an enhanced patient experience. The hallmark of DPC is adequate time spent between patient and physician... Healthcare can, and must, be higher-performing, more patient-responsive, less invasive, and less expensive than it is today.
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