About more than a year ago on ShiftShapers, we talked about a subject that generated quite a bit of interest among our listeners – the field of direct pay primary care, or direct pay practices (you can listen to that 2014 episode here).
On today’s episode, we’re honored to be speaking to one of the pioneers and disruptors in direct primary care (DPC), Samir Qamar, M.D. Samir is the founder and CEO of two companies, MedLion and MedWand.
In this first of our two-part interview, we asked Samir to talk about the ins and outs of the direct primary care model and share his unique journey into that field. We also talk about how the direct primary care pioneers were able to get the DPC inserted into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and how DPC realigns incentives.
We also explore how DPC might be a good fit for clients struggling with today’s increased personal responsibility amounts, and how they coordinate with and complement high deductible plans.