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MGMA Stat poll reveals low awareness of direct primary care model among healthcare leaders

News Article - 05.17.18

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As organizations consider innovation, some are adopting a direct primary care model. The Medical Group Management Association's most recent MGMA Stat poll asked panelists if they were aware of the direct primary care (DPC) model. The American Academy of Family Practice describes the DPC model as an alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, typically by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee that covers all or most primary care services including clinical, laboratory, and consultative services, and care coordination and comprehensive care management. Nearly three-fourths of the respondents indicated that they were not aware of the DPC model, while 26% reported they were. Many of the respondents who were aware expressed that it is convenient, works well, improves cost transparency and they looked forward to expansion of direct primary care.

The poll was conducted on May 15, 2018, with 1,435 applicable responses. Learn more from MGMA about the DPC model in: Advantages and limitations of the direct primary care model

MGMA Stat is a national poll that addresses practice management topics, the impact of new legislation and related topics. Participation is free and available to all healthcare leaders. Results of other polls and information on how to participate in MGMA Stat are available here.

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