Direct Primary Care is an innovative alternative payment model being embraced by patients, providers, employers, payers and policymakers across the United States. DPC practices offer a unique membership-based approach, which eliminates undesired fee-for-service incentives in primary care, which distort healthcare decision-making by rewarding volume over value.
At Delmar Primary Care Associates, a simple flat monthly fee is charged for comprehensive coverage of all primary care services. Adequate monthly fees allow for appropriately sized patient panels, which support a high level of personal care. This empowers the doctor-patient relationship and enables DPC providers to resist financial incentives that distort decision-making in primary care. DPC practices around the country are improving healthcare while dramatically reducing costs for patients, families, businesses and government.
At the core of DPC is a medical home dedicated to providing unrestricted access to unhurried primary care, essential for the patient’s wellbeing and the ongoing maintenance of one's health. Patients go to their primary care medical home for all routine and preventive services like checkups, urgent care and chronic care management. Patients, employers or insurers pay a monthly fee— often as low as $49—directly to the DPC practice, which covers the majority of care needs. Since patients maintain a personal relationship with their primary care physician, the DPC medical home is where they go for their healthcare needs—not the ER. Insurance still covers hospitalization and more expensive specialty care. However, primary care, operating as it should, can address up to 90% of a patient’s healthcare needs. DPC practices can diminish dependence on more expensive parts of the system, such as surgeries, specialist care, urgent care, emergency rooms, advanced imaging and hospitals.
DPC has successfully controlled costs both through prevention of chronic illnesses and by the reduction of administrative expenses, since there are no insurance claims filed for routine healthcare needs.
Direct Primary Care (DPC) is an innovative alternative payment model for primary care being embraced by patients, physicians, employers,payers and policymakers across the United States.The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care provider.
Empowering this relationship is the key to achieving superior health outcomes, lower costs and an enhanced patient experience. DPC fosters this relationship by focusing on five key tenets:
1. Service: The hallmark of DPC is adequate time spent between patient and physician, creating an enduring doctor-patient relationship. Supported by unfettered access to care, DPC enables unhurried interactions and frequent discussions to assess lifestyle choices and treatment decisions aimed at longterm health and wellbeing. DPC practices have extended hours, ready access to urgent care, and patient panel sizes small enough to support this commitment to service.
2. Patient Choice: Patients in DPC choose their own personal physician and are reactive partners in their healthcare. Empowered by accurate information at the point of care, patients are fully involved in making their own medical and financial choices. DPC patients have the right to transparent pricing, access, and availability of all services provided.
3.Elimination of Fee-For-Service: DPC eliminates undesired fee-for-service(FFS) incentives in primary care. These incentives distort healthcare decision-making by rewarding volume over value. This undermines the trust that supports the patient-provider relationship and rewards expensive and inappropriate testing, referral, and treatment. DPC replaces FFS with a simple flat monthly fee that covers comprehensive primary care services. Fees must be adequate to allow for appropriately sized patient panels to support this level of care so that DPC providers can resist the numerous other financial incentives that distortcare decisions and endanger the doctor-patient relationship.
4. Advocacy: DPC providers are committed advocates for patients within the healthcare system. They have time to make informed, appropriate referrals and support patient needs when they are outside of primary care. DPC providers accept the responsibility to be available to patients serving as patient guides. No matter where patients are in the system, physicians provide them with information about the quality, cost, and patient experience of care.
5. Stewardship: DPC providers believe that healthcare must provide more value to the patient and the system. Healthcare can, and must, be higher-performing, more patient-responsive, less invasive, and less expensive than it is today. The ultimate goal is health and wellbeing, not simply the treatment of disease.
DPC providers are committed to ensuring that American healthcare delivers on these goals.
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We want to be known as the Family Medicine office in town that can get patients in at a moment’s notice and always makes sure all our patients’ needs are being addressed. We want patients to walk away feeling as if other friends and family members should also receive the level of care that they receive at Delmar Primary Care Associates.
Direct Primary Care Membership Benefits:
Access to your doctor when you need it
Unlimited office visits, phone, email, or virtual visits
Extended visits. Unlimited time with your physician
House calls are available with prior arrangement
No per visit fee
Diagnostic procedures at no extra cost include: EKG, Urinalysis, Urine pregnancy testing, Flu testing, Strep testing, RSV testing
comprehensive Annual Physical (General Check-Up or Well Woman Exam).
Access to discounted lab, x-ray, and physical therapy rates
Minor procedures such as cryotherapy, minor laceration repair, IV fluids.
Direct Primary Care Monthly Membership Rates
$49.99 a month for ages 18-64 (+$10.00 for each additional child up to 21 years of age).
$59.99 a month for ages 65 and up (+$10.00 for each additional child up to 21 years of age).
Children under the age of 18 must join with an adult.
Accepts Medicare/ Medicaid Patients
Care for the Entire Family
Preventative Health Focus
Women’s Health/ Education
Weight management and health risk assessment
Diabetes/ Hypertension Management
School, Sports, and Workplace Physicals
Acute care and chronic disease management
Allergy testing and treatment
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
Mental health, including treatment for depression, anxiety and other mood disorders
Sleep hygiene assessments and support
Treatment of sprains, lacerations and broken bones
Well checks for children
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