First National Gathering Focused On Direct Primary Care (DPC) To Be Held In St. Louis: October 11-12, 2013

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First National Gathering Focused On Direct Primary Care (DPC) To Be Held In St. Louis: October 11-12, 2013


JULY 29, 2013 (ST. LOUIS, MO) – The Direct Primary Care Journal (DPCJ) released a statement today announcing that final dates and location have been released for the first Direct Primary Care Conference hosted by the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC). On October 11th – 12th, 2013, The FMEC is hosting an inaugural gathering of physicians, payers, investors, policymakers and others at the country’s first Direct Primary Care Medical Conference. Direct Primary Care (DPC) is a model of paying for primary care outside of insurance. An individual or employer typically pays a monthly fee  for all of their primary care needs. Generally, DPC providers say they can address 88 percent or more of the most common diagnoses faced by individuals and families.

This Conference will take place October 11-12, 2013 at the St. Louis, MO at the St. Louis Airport Marriott and Meeting Center. Physicians, purchasers, payers, researchers, investors, suppliers, policymakers, and others are invited to attend.

direct primary care national summit“This is the first national gathering of businesses and individuals interested in DPC,” says Dr. Erika Bliss, a Family Physician at Qliance Medical Group of WA and President/CEO of Qliance Medical Management Inc. “DPC is quickly becoming an important contributor to the transformation of our nation’s healthcare system. This conference will bring together key stakeholders to learn more about DPC and discuss its place in the future of medical care delivery.”

“We believe that Direct Primary Care Models reaffirm the central role of the physician-patient relationship which lies at the heart of an effective health care delivery system,” said Laurence Bauer, MSW, Med, CEO of FMEC. “Direct Primary Care incentivizes the physician to respond effectively to the needs of his/her patients. The Direct Primary Care National Summit will bring together the innovators and early adopters of this movement for the purpose of creating a nationwide network of practices that will strengthen their ability to create visibility for their service.”

The Conference will include plenary presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions that will address issues such as:

  • Defining Direct Primary Care;
  • How-to implement the DPC business model;
  • How-to transition successfully from a traditional managed care or insurance-reliant practice to a DPC business model;
  • The market demographics for DPC;
  • The regulatory challenges faced by DPC;
  • The potential healthcare system impact of DPC;
  • and more.

DPC conference“DPC provides an affordable, cost effective and transparent relationship with a doctor,” adds Michael Tetreault, Editor of The Direct Primary Care Journal. “Not only is it a great tool for competing on exchanges in the future, it is also a life-line to those primary care physicians across America considering alternative business structures for their practices. This event offers a wide variety of exploratory learning opportunities from experienced experts in the industry. Hopefully these professionals can continue exploring ways to better serve their patients. The Direct Primary Care Journal believes this event will be a significant first step in determining how all of the stakeholders can work together.”

“The DPC National Summit will bring together physicians, business leaders, policymakers and others from across the country,” added Bliss.  “DPC providers and supporters share the common goal of contributing meaningfully to the improvement of healthcare for all, and by building connections among like-minded people, we hope to accelerate progress toward that goal.”

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TO REGISTER or for MORE INFORMATION: Contact Shayla Rammel at (937) 696-5024 or Early Bird Registration: $300 (through Aug. 15th) or $350 (Before September 30th) – After September 30th, only onsite registration will be available. The event will include an opportunity for exhibitors interested in the DPC movement. To learn more, call (937) 696-5024 or email for Exhibitor/Sponsorship information.

HOTEL and EVENT INFORMATION:  The St. Louis Airport Marriott – 10700 Pear Tree Lane, St. Louis, MO 63134.  HOTEL Reservations: 1 (888) 228-9290 or (314) 423-9700.  A special rate of $82/night has been arranged for all attendees. Reference Direct Primary Care Summit to obtain the discount by September 19th, 2013.

About The Direct Primary Care Journal

direct primary care journal2The Direct Primary Care Journal (DPCJ) is an independent trade journal and online news reporting publication observing, reporting and connecting with experts from all facets of the DPC industry.

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About The Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC)

The Family Medicine Education Consortium, Inc. is an incubator, convener, catalyst that connects those interested in improving the health of the community by strengthening Family Medicine/primary care services and medical education. Their member organizations include: Medical school-based Departments of Family Medicine; Family Medicine Residency programs; State chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians; State wide Primary Care Associations; Community Health Centers; and Community-based and hospital-owned Primary Care Practices.

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2 replies »

  1. MedLion Direct Primary Care, one of the nation’s leading DPC companies, was denied the opportunity to present at the DPC Summit by the FMEC. MedLion assists doctors start their own DPC practices instead of simply employing them. MedLion has a multi-state presence, and has grown incredibly quickly for good reason.

    For those interested in MedLion DPC, please see the feature article in Medical Economics magazine regarding DPC and how MedLion is changing the healthcare scene nationally.

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