I continually read about more and more Healthcare Benefits Providers who mention DPC in their plans. For example, here is an article you should read: This Employer-Built Healthcare Benefits Provider Is Challenging Wall Street. They talk about Mitigate Partners and here is a snippet about them:
Mitigate Partners is a group of independent consultants who help contain the costs of healthcare for employers and helps employees get the best benefits for less. Currently, Mitigate Partners has 29 locations from the east coast to as far west as Nevada with many more to come. After reading the article by Brill, Schuessler created The FairCost Health Plan which is one of the many tools used by Mitigate Partners. The goal of it is to cut any unnecessary costs for employers and to make the process, transparent, and easier. When creating the plan, Schuessler used his frustration in the “outlandish” healthcare system to create a cohesive way to attack the establishment.
So what is one of the foundations that Mitigate Partners wants to build upon? DIRECT PRIMARY CARE!!
Mitigate Partners sees building a healthcare plan like building a house, with each savings component of their plan being a brick. Starting with strong foundational components such as Direct Primary Care, additional savings components (bricks) are added to create a customized plan for each employer that protects their employees while concurrently cutting the cost for construction. One way it’s done is to help each employer actively manage their plan by stopping the reliance on passive management by the bigger names in healthcare and instead create a personalized healthcare model.
As much as I get excited to hear about this, I also get worried. For example, I know a local “DPC” group that really isn’t DPC. It looks good on paper but it is just a membership model. The patients don’t have the real DPC experience where upon they can have their own personal doctor. They can’t text or email or call her and get an immediate response from her. The patients, which are all from different employers, don’t even understand what real DPC is. All they are getting is the ability to go to different urgent care facilities any time they want. And there is NO difference in the treatment for the DPC patients than the FFS patients. Does Mitigate Partners see that as DPC? I don’t know.
What do you think? How can we teach these Healthcare Benefits Providers about the real DPC offices? How can we get them to work with you? I am all ears and will contact them if you want.