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LIPTON: 10 differences between concierge medicine and direct primary care

THE DIFFERENCE … It is important to know the difference … as there are many … (C) 2015-2020 Concierge Medicine Today & Its Sister Publication, The DPC Journal

By Wayne Lipton | Wayne Lipton is Managing Partner for Concierge Choice Physicians, LLC, and one of the most experienced and successful executives in concierge medicine. Lipton graduated from Harvard College in 1973 with a degree in Biochemistry. He attended the University of Chicago Business School and the Boston Architectural Center. He was formerly a chief operating officer for PhyMatrix, a public healthcare company; chief operating officer for Physicians Choice, a Connecticut IPA and practice management company; and president and principal of Richmond Way Stores, a local chain of drug stores that he operated for 20 years.

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Jun 14, 2018

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The sweeping changes in healthcare have spawned a number of alternative practice models, and several are membership-based. But just because models are built around a membership fee does not make them the same. Here are 10 ways in which concierge medicine and direct primary care (DPC) membership models differ: