|Maine Medicine Weekly E-Update, July 20, 2022
Maine Physicians Direct Primacy Care Model to Improve Medical Care
The New England Direct Primary Care Alliance, an experiment, and a movement to redefine and improve the doctor-patient experience, has 20 Maine Physicians committed to better continuity and access to care.
Dr. Alison Lee told WMTW News 8 that her last job was “all about volume” and productivity, she was burned out from seeing 25 patients a day. “When I decided I wanted to become a doctor, I wanted to have a relationship with my patients, continuity of care” said Dr. Lee.
Direct primary care practices like Dr. Lee’s Leeward Health, in Portland, are a members-only model that requires patients pay a monthly fee to get on the doctor’s list. In return, the patients get more time with their physician and appointments are easier to get. Direct primary care physicians answer patient texts and emails and say the extra access results in higher quality care.
The average fee in Maine for direct primary care is around $75 a month for an individual, according to president of the New England Direct Primary Care Alliance, Dr. Michael Ciampi. The cost would be more for couples and families. Participating physicians don’t get involved with health insurance, they won’t submit bills, but there are generally no bills for office visits. The administrative burden of co-pays and billing insurance is done away with.
Direct primacy care physicians can refer patients to specialists or for test that insurance does cover, however. Lab work can also be done inexpensively in the office, costing a patient five to ten dollars.
Appointments that used to be rushed, lasting 5 to 12 minutes, are now 45 to 60 minutes says Dr. Lee. “This is a step some of us are trying to get innovative, get creative, trying just to do something different to make it better, because our system is so fractured” says Dr. Lee.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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