Why Direct Primary Care?
Direct Primary Care, or DPC, is a model of healthcare that puts patients first by getting rid of the red tape that constrains traditional practices.
The fee covers all of the office visits you may need with no copay, ever.
While you do not need insurance to enroll in our services, we do recommend that you do have insurance to comply with Federal Law.
Of course! Physician access is one of the greatest benefits of the direct primary care model.
DO vs. MD
Doctors of Osteopathic medicine (DO) and doctors of allopathic medicine (MD) are two types of accredited doctors that can practice medical care in the United States. Both DOs and MDs complete rigorous training and study along similar paths. The main difference in DOs and MDs is their philosophy of care. DOs practice an osteopathic approach to care which focuses on the whole body and preventive care. MDs practice an allopathic approach using medication and surgery to manage and treat different conditions. According to the AMA (American Medical Association), a DO completes an extra 200 hours or more of hands on training on the musculoskeletal system. However, in terms of practice, both DOs and MDs can pursue any specialty they choose.
Yes! Dr. Melissa received her B.S. in Biology at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
Yes, again! Dr. Jones went to medical school in Kansas, Missouri at the University of Medicine and Biosciences. When she started medical school she thought she would like to go into the field of Neurology. However, she soon realized that she wanted to not limit herself to one area. Family Medicine started looking like a good match as she would be able to develop the relationship with her patients and manage the whole body approach which an osteopathic degree lends itself to.
Yep, you guessed it! Dr. Jones took the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam) Steps 1 and 2 required for MDs as well as the COMLEX (from the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners) exams prior to graduating. Both DOs and MDs complete a Residency program in the specialty of their choice. MDs train at a nationally accredited allopathic residency program, while DOs have a choice of training at an allopathic or an osteopathic program. Dr. Jones completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center (now Atrium Health) because she was impressed with the program and also wanted to get closer to what felt like home in North Carolina. She has a lot of family in North Carolina and was born in High Point, NC.
In medical school, DOs have an extra 200 or more hours of study in the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Jones’ states, “We had OMT (Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy) labs weekly during medical school where we would be paired up with a different medical student and evaluate each other in shorts and sports bras to learn about structure, symmetry, and techniques to treat dysfunction. At first it was intimidating palpating and learning on another classmate, but by the end of medical school, we all had a very good understanding of the anatomy of the body, and could tell what normal verses abnormal would feel like. We also learned skills of OMT that incorporates modalities similar to physical therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic therapy for treatment. In studying all the different systems of the body such as the pulmonary, skeletal, and neurological, we were trained in the classroom, and reinforced the training in our labs such that I had palpated the individual ribs involved in the respiratory system, felt every vertebra and related muscles in the musculoskeletal system, and learned some craniosacral techniques for headaches right along with all the neural pathways.”
In concierge practices, the membership fee is traditionally an annual fee; In DPC, your membership fee is traditionally a fee charged monthly, quarterly, or annually.
Concierge doctors often charge more in annual fees than the average DPC doctor. Although the average fee is around $1,800 a year, some concierge practices charge as much as $25,000 annually! DPC fees typically range from $600 to $1,500 per year.
Generally, concierge doctors also accept insurance; in addition to the annual fee, they bill insurance for each patient encounter. This means that patients may get “surprise bills” several months later after insurance pays their portion (of an amount typically not revealed to you until you get your bill). With DPC, insurance is not billed.
Also, because concierge doctors typically bill insurance, they are held to several insurance regulations including MACRA/MIPS and other documentation requirements. Since DPC does not bill insurance, they are not required to follow these regulations, enabling the physician to document more efficiently and not waste their time with checkbox documentation.
With concierge, because they accept and bill insurance, they are required to collect copays at each visit. DPC clinics do not bill insurance, so there are no required copays for each visit.
Concierge physicians typically have higher overhead costs, owed in large part to their acceptance of insurance which is required to negotiate insurance contracts, bill insurance, process insurance payments, and then resubmit bills when the insurance fails to pay in a timely fashion (which happens all the time). Since DPC physicians do not bill insurance, they do not require staffing and overhead to manage these revenue cycles, resulting in lower overhead.
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