Direct Primary Summit 2022 was a Success!

The Direct Primary Care (DPC) Summit was held July 15-17, 2022, at the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. Over 300 physicians and others attended in person, and more than 60 registered for the livestreamed sessions. As one of the event’s hosts, the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) was pleased to see so many family physicians learn about this thriving model of practice and gain strategies to start and grow their businesses. Read about the meeting below.

What is Direct Primary Care?

Direct Primary Care is a grass roots movement that is reclaiming the primacy of the physician-patient relationship in primary care. Across the U.S. Family Physicians, general Internists and some general Pediatricians are developing models that allow patients/families to directly contract with their primary care clinicians. 

The FMEC serves as a first follower of the DPC movement. We first learned of DPC through the 2008 FMEC Innovators Network meeting. Working to support the DPC leaders, we sponsored the first DPC National Summits in 2013 and 2014. Each year following, we’ve co-sponsored the Summit with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the DPC Alliance.

The FMEC also serves as connector among those interested in expanding the DPC model to improve patient outcomes while reducing the cost of care. We actively seek and share information about new uses of the DPC model. The FMEC supports a DPC Learning Community by providing weekly messages to interested parties regarding news and events related to DPC.  

Direct Primary Care Video - Patient Oriented Video: https://vimeo.com/220896892
Direct Primary Care Video - Employer Oriented Video: https://vimeo.com/247897594

Listen to a series of webinars and discussions about how practices can benefit from working with employers led by Jed Constatz of Employer Advantage Healthcare Solutions (EAHCS)

Direct Primary Summit 2022 Report

The Direct Primary Care (DPC) Summit was held July 15-17, 2022, at the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. Over 300 physicians and others attended in person, and more than 60 registered for the livestreamed sessions. As one of the event’s hosts, the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) was pleased to see so many family physicians learn about this thriving model of practice and gain strategies to start and grow their businesses.

The FMEC’s history with the DPC movement goes back to 2008, when it was presented at the FMEC Innovator’s Network meeting. The FMEC sponsored the first DPC National Summits in 2013 and 2014. Since then and including this year, the FMEC has co-sponsored the Summit with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the DPC Alliance.

For 2022, content planners organized sessions into three tracks: 101 – Starting and Building, for those beginning their DPC journey (researching, planning, transitioning or newly-opened phase); 201 – Level Up, for attendees that have an established DPC practice and are ready to take their practice to the next level or learn new ways of managing their practice; and 301 – Expanding Expertise, for all attendees interested in getting the latest clinical updates, knowledge, and best practices.

A common theme among presenters was that traditional practice left them burned out – or as one presenter put it, suffering from moral injury – with late hours at the clinic doing paperwork and very little work/life balance. Making the leap to DPC was challenging, but through education like the DPC Summit, learning from the experiences of others, and strong patient and community support, they are making it work. Sessions for those just starting their DPC journey covered topics such as how to leave the “system,” branding and using social media, how insurance fits in with DPC, and dispensing medications. Clinical sessions included topics such as addiction treatment, spirometry, migraines, and skin diseases, and exhibits helped connect physicians to services for liability insurance, EMRs, and marketing.

“As we continue to advocate for family medicine and a primary care-focused health care system, the FMEC is committed to sponsoring the DPC Summit and supporting DPC doctors to learn and grow,” said Raj Woolever, MD, FAAFP, FMEC President. “Our support of medical student and residency training drives us to include information on the DPC model in our communications and at our Annual Meeting. We hope to help emerging physicians learn more about the option, and help faculty follow the trend and educate future students and residents about DPC.”

For more information, contact:  Scott Allen, MS

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