Introducing our Executive Director

I am pleased to announce that the DPC Alliance now has an Executive Director! Mr. Joe Grundy will help lead us into the future.

Joe Grundy, MBA   Executive Director, DPC Alliance

Joe Grundy, MBA
Executive Director, DPC Alliance

With a strong background in primary care transformation and advocacy, Joe was one of the very first proponents of the DPC model. While working for the American Academy of Family Physicians, Joe took an interest in the emerging group of rebel doctors doing this “DPC thing.” After deciding we were only half-crazy, he quickly became a believer in our mission and goals. From 2012-2015 he worked on all things DPC within the AAFP, including convening leaders, developing resources, and planning workshops.

In 2015, Joe was instrumental in pushing for and planning the first national DPC Summit in Kansas City. At that time, there were (at most) a couple of hundred active DPC practices in the country. Most of them had just opened recently. Joe and the handful of DPC doctors on the planning committee had no idea what to expect.

We were stunned that 317 doctors from 45 states attended that event. The Summit was a smashing success. The passion was palpable. Dozens of DPC doctors have since told me that the presentations and camaraderie of that weekend inspired them to take their leap of faith.  There have been many seminal moments in the DPC movement, but that conference was a significant spark that helped light this fire. I cannot thank Joe enough for believing in us during those early days.

Since then, Joe has held a few other positions in the primary care world but has always been a champion of the DPC model. We are very excited that he will officially be flying the DPC flag again!

The Alliance already has an excellent start on meany teams, resources, and services. But advancing those with only volunteer physicians has proven challenging. (Some would say, “like herding cats,” but I think it’s more akin to wrestling rabid cheetahs).

Joe will work with the Alliance Board of Directors to fulfill the organization’s mission of providing vision, leadership, and guidance to the DPC community through physician-led education, mentorship, advocacy, and organizational intelligence.

He is the perfect person to help us accomplish our goals and will be a fantastic ambassador.

Welcome, Joe!

W. Ryan Neuhofel, DO, MPH
President, DPC Alliance

Member spotlight: Allison Edwards, MD

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Meet Dr. Allison Edwards, DPC Alliance Secretary Extraordinaire and founder of Kansas City Direct Primary Care (KCDPC).

Dr. Allison founded KCDPC in January 2017, after working her tail off doing locums work to save money and plan her DPC clinic. She was inspired by other DPC physicians in her home state of Kansas and by her own vision for ideal medical care. Dr. Allison believes, DPC is “medicine the way medicine should be done. It's more time with your patients, and having the time to both get to know them and to make plans that fit in the greater context of their life.”

With her colleagues in the Midwest DPC Alliance, Dr. Allison and KCDPC along with 14 other doctor-owned micro practices purchased and waived over 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS (yes, MILLION!) in medical debt. Learn more about that amazing work here:  http://www.midwestdpcalliance.org/debt-relief-pr

Dr. Allison may not admit it, but she is a DPC prodigy. To launch out on her own cash-practice straight out of residency, to grow in great leadership in DPC circles and mentoring roles all while working locums tenens to financially support her practice AND to do all this in under two years--- amazing.

We salute you, Dr. Allison Edwards. Thanks for showing the great work that can be done when one energetic, capable, intelligent, forward-thinking physician believes, “We can do better.”

For physicians thinking about DPC, Dr. Allison recommends:  “many DPC docs are entrepreneurs by default.  So step up!  Channel your inner entrepreneur spirit and hold on for the ride!”

Find Dr. Allison and KCDPC here: https://www.kansascitydirectprimarycare.com

Member spotlight: Peter Lehmann, MD

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Dr. Peter Lehmann has loved medicine since the day he decided to become a physician. He founded Vintage Direct Primary care in January 2016 in Poulsbo, Washington and opened a second location last summer in Kingston, Washington. Offering “modern care with old-time service”, Dr. Lehmann and his staff of 3 keep things personalized, approachable and affordable.

In addition to enjoying the freedom of being his own boss, Dr. Lehmann states DPC affords him so much more time with patients. “I give much more through care than I could ever give in a fee-for-service environment. I refer people out so much less. The days are still long, but I spend my time differently.”

For physicians wondering about transitioning to DPC, Dr. Lehmann recommends doing a lot of research. “You don’t need to reinvent the wheel”. He recommends joining DPC Facebook groups, going to a DPC meeting such as the AAFP’s DPC Summit or D4PC Nuts and Bolts. He states all of the resources are “out there...you just need to PLAN.  The DPC model is simple. The devil is in the details.” 

“Prepare to work your butt off-- for you!”

Learn more about Vintage Direct Primary Care and Dr. Lehmann here:  https://www.vintagedpc.com

Directory & Visitor Services

We are pleased to announce the DPC Alliance Physician Directory. This resource will allow the public or a fellow doctor to easily find a DPC physician in their area, as well as many other things! A few of the unique features of our directory:

INDIVIDUAL PHYSICIANS

Doctors (active DPCA members) will be listed as individuals, rather than by clinic. Information about the respective doctor's DPC practice is included on the profile but we think showing the diverse faces of the DPC movement will be great; as well as provide more information to patients wanting something particular in a primary care physician.

If multiple physicians exist within a DPC practice, our directory will aggregate them by location on the mapper while still providing an individual profile for each.

SEARCHING BY ZIP OR STATE

The search functions are basic now-- allowing a person to look by zip code (e.g. within 50 miles) or by state (e.g. Texas)-- but we are planning on adding more functions here in the future.

VISITOR SERVICES

DPC Alliance members who are logged into their account will also be able to see "Visitor Services" within a fellow doctor's profile. This allows a doctor to look for potential resources (fellow DPCA member) for a patient when they are traveling and need medical attention. Providing this information does not commit a DPCA member to any particular service, and any such arrangements will be done a voluntary, case-by-case, and practice-to-practice basis.

If you would like to see other features added to our directory, please let us know.

Member spotlight: Amy Walsh, MD

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As a former collegiate gymnast, Dr. Amy Walsh knows a thing or two about excellence. After 20 years in medical practice, including working as an employed physician with Duke Primary Care in Wake Forest, Dr. Amy noted that healthcare was becoming so impersonal, complex and expensive that she had to find another way.

In 2015, Dr. Amy opened doctor direct, a direct primary care practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. When she is asked why she chose to open her own independent direct primary care practice, Dr. Amy says “Why DPC? The real question should be WHY NOT?... Direct primary care fixes all [of the problems of impersonal care] and actually does just the opposite.”

Dr. Walsh is a role model for healthy living. She has four children, two dogs and a husband she’s known since she was eight years old. She is a Founding Member and the first Treasurer of the DPC Alliance. While Dr. Amy states she has always believed that a doctor’s best partner is the patient, DPC allows her to live that belief.

“I tell people all the time that opening doctor direct was the best career decision of my life. Truth be told, direct primary care saved my career.”

Learn more about Dr. Amy, and her physician partner, Dr. Kwark here: https://www.doctordirectmd.com

Profile management, directory, discounts, & more!

DPC Alliance members,

We have been hard at work behind the scenes these past few months to put the Alliance in a great position to launch new member services in 2019. I am excited to share some of those with you now…

  • Membership & profile management. We have made managing your membership with us, including profile (personal and practice) & membership dues, a breeze. Members can log in the members area of our website to get started. The first time you will need to request your password using primary email you gave us upon enrollment. For those curious about payment of 2019 member dues, this is where you will management payments.

  • DPCA Physician Directory. Our directory of DPC Alliance physicians is now live! This directory is first by individual physician to show America the faces of DPC doctors nationwide! You can include your DPC practice info on your profile. All of this information is editable on your profile. We encourage you to review this, and also upload a personal photo (under Media section) if you don’t already have one.

  • Member Discounts. A driving force behind the DPC movement is being conscience of costs; both for patients and our own practices. Some may call us “penny pinchers”, but that business acumen is what keeps our prices affordable for patient. The Alliance has partnered with a wide variety of vendors through our Member Advantage Partner Program to give you preferred pricing on their goods & services. One of the most exciting partnerships we have confirmed thus for is with True Health Diagnostics who have agreed to provide our members great client-bill rates nationwide. We have several more in line to launch Jan. 1 so stay tuned for more!

  • DPCA Visitor Services. Many DPC practices have organically helped out fellow DPC patients when traveling, and we want to support efforts like that. So, we are allowing members to include a description of “Visitor Services” on their profile. This information will only be visible to Alliance members who are logged in looking at the directory. If your DPC practice is willing to see fellow Alliance members' patients when they are traveling, please provide those details (services, pricing & policies) in your profile (under Practice section). Providing this information does not commit you to any particular service, and any such arrangements will be done a voluntary, case-by-case, and practice-to-practice basis.

  • Alliance Events. Starting in 2019, we are going to be sharing upcoming DPC-related events on our calendar. Some of these will be familiar conferences that we will be sponsoring, but also some DPCA get-togethers (virtually & live).

  • New Member Application. If you have not yet joined the Alliance, we have made it easier than ever!

Okay, that’s probably enough announcements for one post, but we will be sharing much more in the coming weeks & months. I want to thank all of Alliance members who have put in a tremendous about of volunteer work in to these efforts. If you would like to help us out, we are going to make it easier to join and find a committee very soon.

Have a great weekend and holiday season,

Ryan
President, DPC Alliance

What an exciting first year it has been!

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The Direct Primary Care Alliance was founded by physicians for physicians in January 2018 and in our inaugural year we have grown to more than 350 members. We have spoken and/or been involved in planning every premiere DPC event in 2018 (AAFP DPC Summit, Hint Summit, Doctors 4 Patient Care Nuts and Bolts, DPC Coalition Meetings... to name a few) and have been featured in and provided content for news outlets including Forbes, Bloomberg, NPR, FoxNews, CNBC and many others.

As we round into 2019 and our second year, we have a number of changes and opportunities we would like to share with you. We have negotiated cost-savings benefits for DPCA members including substantial discounts with on-line consulting services, transparent DPC laboratory pricing with True Health Labs, discounts on medical education and much more.  We will be publishing a DPC Alliance member directory so members can find each other and to assist with promoting DPCA clinics nationwide. And we are looking forward to hiring an executive director to help us grow, communicate and add more benefits for our physician members.

In our founding year, the DPCA was supported by generous contributions from our 50 founding members. Moving forward, to grow, to be involved and to continue to advance direct primary care nationally, we will be requiring dues payment from our entire membership.

Our membership for 2019 will be free to medical students and residents and $500 yearly to all other members. We are working diligently to secure benefits and savings in excess of these dues.

We continue to grow and to help physicians, one by one, execute their own vision of healthcare transformation and direct primary care. We are very excited for what's to come and appreciate your input, advocacy and feedback as to how the DPCA can grow into the premiere physician-led direct primary care organization. Thank you again for joining us as we move forward. A very happy holiday season and New Year to each of you!

Leadership announcement

Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in our recent election of new Advisor Committee members, President and Vice President.

We are excited to announce that our next President and Vice President, with terms starting on January 1, 2020

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Julie Gunther, MD Incoming President

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Vance Lassey, MD
Incoming Vice President


We are equally excited to announce our new Advisory Committee members. Each will serve a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2019.

Kissi Blackwell, MD
Advisory Committee

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Shane Purcell, MD
Advisory Committee

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Josh Umbehr, MD
Advisory Committee

Just gimme the facts

Since launching in early 2018, the DPC Alliance has quickly grown to over 300 members. In this process, we have gathered some valuable information about DPC physicians (or soon to be) and practices nationwide. While this does not represent all DPC practices (estimated at over 900), we believe this is the single largest, broad survey of DPC physicians & practices to date. (Data as of Sep, 11, 2018)  

demographics

  • Average age = 43

  • Average year of medical school graduation = 2004

  • Gender

    • 51.2% female

    • 48.8% male

TRAINING/EDUCATION

  • Degree (post-graduates)

    • MD = 79.4%

    • DO = 20.6%

  • Speciality/scope

    • Family Medicine = 71.9%

    • Family Medicine w/ OB = 5.2%

    • Internal Medicine = 11.4%

    • Med/Peds = 4.2%

    • Pediatrics = 2.3%

STAGE OF DPC PRACTICE

  • Active (open) DPC practice = 197

  • Planning on DPC practice in 12 months = 70

  • Considering DPC practice = 37

PRACTICE DETAILS

  • Monthly fee (average per patient)

    • $50-75/mo = 65.5%

    • $76-100/mo = 14.6%

    • $49 or less/mo = 10.8%

    • $101-150/mo = 5.7%

  • Provides some charity care = 85%

  • Average age of practice = 2 years

  • States of practice = 45

Graphs

Distribution of DPCA member practices by State

Distribution of DPCA members by gender

Distribution of DPCA member practices monthly membership cost

Percentage of DPCA members offering charity care

Specialty breakdown of DPCA members

Ownership breakdown of DPCA members