Analysis: Direct Primary Care: A Segue to Direct-to-Employer?
Experimenting with direct primary care, rather than diving headlong into a direct-to-employer contract, could offer a stepping stone to innovations in value-based care.
You will fail if you don’t figure out how to thoroughly analyze your own patient data.
Critics often cite the weaknesses of concierge care, but proponents contend direct primary care is different and far more scalable.
This article appears in the September/October 2018 edition of HealthLeaders magazine.
Direct contracting between major employers and health systems can lead to savings, but it also opens providers up to financial risk—which may be untenable for those seeking a safer bet.
While many direct contracts have shown positive results, others have fallen short of expectations for at least one party. Providence St. Joseph Health, for example, last year ended a fairly prominent partnership it built three years earlier with Boeing around the system’s debut direct-to-employer accountable care organization product.
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