March 4, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) As part of its continued effort to educate the nation’s policymakers on the value of the new and growing direct primary care (DPC) model, the Direct Primary Care Coalition (DPCC), will hold its Washington, D.C. Fly-In March 4-6, 2014. This three-day event will convene leaders of the Coalition from across the country to address current legislative priorities and to strategize on advocacy initiatives with Congress and the Administration. Coalition members will focus on the following key policy initiatives to help improve health outcomes by allowing patients to have access to personal primary care physicians.
- Medicare patients currently do not have access to this new model of care. DPC physicians can spend significantly more time with patients than those practicing in fee-for-service, resulting in better patient care. Coalition members will spend time with legislators engaged in payment reform efforts tied to the repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).
- The Affordable Care Act contains a provision allowing DPC Medical Homes in combination with qualified health plans to offer coverage in the healthcare exchanges. This provision, like similar provisions in state law, defines DPC practices appropriately as outside of insurance regulation. Definitions in the Internal Revenue Code, however, have not kept up. The IRS currently defines monthly fee based DPC medical homes as “health plans,” keeping individuals with Health Savings Accounts from fully utilizing the DPC model. Participants will ask Congress to weigh in with IRS to update these definitions so that patients with any kind of insurance can access a DPC physician.