There are over 62 million Americans over the age of 60 with continued expected growth over the next several years. In fact, people around the world are aging at increasing rates. This rapid growth demands health systems around the world to adapt by embracing innovative solutions to manage the health conditions that may come with this growth.
Beyond the health conditions, there are multiple stakeholders involved in care delivery. Therefore, it becomes critical to have a true "quarterback" that is managing this type of complex care. This is the role of primary care. This is the value of direct primary care in elder care.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is pushing for a shift from fee for service care to value based care. Thus, the goal is to reimburse physicians for care coordination. Currently, physicians are not reimbursed for their time spent on care coordination. However, how realistic is it for a traditional primary care physician who is seeing 20-30 patients in the office to be 24/7 available? This is impossible. The solution many health systems have for this is to place mid level providers, like Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants, to respond to patient needs. But, how does this facilitate continuity of care or building long lasting relationships? There are call schedules and so forth that prohibit the same physician responding to the same patient on a 24/7 basis. This is where the lapses in communication and continuity of care fall short.
Why do older Americans join direct primary care practices?
You should really ask them! What you will see is a sweet smile and a look of "are you seriously asking me this question?!" From accessibility to affordability, many patients older than 60 years old will tell you that they join these practices for simply the peace of mind. One doctor in charge. Family members love to have access to that "quarterback" who they can contact to know exactly what is going on with their loved one. House call at their independent living facility or assisted living facility is a huge value for the patient, the facility staff, and family members.
In addition to be able to manage and discuss multiple issues during a single office visit, family meetings are more feasible. Understanding ones definition of quality of life is better understood. More importantly, that definition is the lens by which any future health care services will be recommended. This assures the patient and their family members that everything will be done to protect and secure their right to live a high quality of life.
Most membership fees range from $70-100 per month that include many free office procedures and no copays when they visit the office. Medications, imaging, and labs can be purchased using their Medicare or supplemental insurance. BUT, at a direct primary care practice, they can see what the cash price is for the service before deciding to use their insurance. This is true consumerism in health care delivery.
Many do not realize how insurance companies delay echocardiograms, stress tests, other imaging studies, and other services by having a horrific prior authorization process. These delays lead to medical complications and delayed care. At least at a direct primary care practice, you can bypass this chaos and pay discounted cash prices for the services and prevent any further headaches.
So, if you want the best for your loved ones or yourself, consider a direct primary care practice. From your residence, the office, to hospital care, direct primary care physicians will be at your side to take care of you. We will give you everything we have to offer to make your health care experience the best, while optimizing your definition of quality of life. This is our promise.
To a life filled with happiness and peace,
11/14/2017 09:51:03 am
I like how you said that working with a primary care provider you can bypass a lot of the stress and chaos that could come with paperwork and insurance problems. This would be something that my mom should look into, or that we should look into for her as her health continues to decline. She doesn't have cancer luckily, but dementia is starting to set in a little bit and it's getting hard for her to do things.
2/11/2018 02:01:23 am
It's clear to me now, the benefits of DPC is all about accessibility and comfort among our senior. Naturally, no one wants to bother with the long process when visiting your Internal Medicine Doctor or your primary care physicians. Insurance is good but they should solve their issues why many Americans surpass them.
I didn't realize that most adults over 60 choose to go with a direct primary care physician over a regular primary care physician. This makes me wonder how many primary care physicians offer direct services. Personally, I think that I would prefer going through my insurance when looking for a primary care physician.
8/9/2019 12:49:51 pm
I appreciate you explaining why seniors need primary care practices. I like how you said that with primary care you can discuss several issues at a single visit. This sounds like a good way to deliver care to seniors who can have a hard time getting to multiple appointments.
10/15/2019 02:52:39 pm
It's interesting to know that direct primary care offers a true way to manage the type of care for elders. My husband and I are thinking about how to take care of his grandmother, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about the benefits of direct primary care to see if it helps his grandmother.
11/5/2019 07:08:32 pm
Great article. I do actually believe, in my opinion, that having a primary care is a good thing. It can improve the quality of living of anyone. I mean, sometimes even the healthiest of person can suddenly be hit with a serious illness which can be prevented or addressed immediately if you have someone looking over your healthcare issues.
1/2/2020 12:35:50 pm
I love how you said that family members like to have somebody to contact to know exactly what is going on with their loved one because it's true. My grandma needs help and we'd most likely want to check in on her frequently. I'll make sure to find a place that lets us do that.
1/22/2020 03:14:59 pm
I found it interesting how you brought up that not only the patients but their family members love having just one doctor in charge. I feel like this could honestly help any family that is struggling with a loved one who has bad health. they'd be able to contact one person and have all of their answers immediately.
6/4/2020 03:55:18 am
I have been planning to look for a primary care service because I heard that this type of service is convenient and less expensive. I'm glad you shared this by the way; we'll make sure to have a family meeting with the prospective doctor. It's also great to learn that through a primary care service, we won't have to deal with delayed insurance claims.
12/17/2020 06:28:05 pm
My aunt has been thinking about getting some primary care for her family. She would really like to get some help from a professional to have better health. It was interesting to learn about how they can discuss multiple issues during a single visit.
5/14/2021 02:46:45 am
Nice Article Thanks for share this .
5/21/2021 08:44:49 am
I want to make sure that my dad gets the care he needs. It makes sense that we would want to find a good primary care giver for him. that seems like a good way to ensure that he gets the help he needs.
6/18/2021 10:20:08 am
I like the idea of avoiding all the chaos and just pay a discounted price with a direct primary care practice. I am all about saving money and time. And doctor visits always drive me crazy so I'll do anything to make them easier on me.
6/23/2021 04:06:41 pm
I do believe that it is important for us to consider the facilities and credentials of primary care centers. It makes sense as in doing so, we will be certain that we are offering the best care for our loved ones. I will definitely keep this information in mind and read the testimonials.
7/1/2021 09:09:08 am
I appreciated it when you shared that it is best to consider a direct primary care practice if you want the best for your loved one. My friend just mentioned the other day that she is worried about her mother who keeps on falling sick lately since she is getting old. I will suggest to her getting direct primary care plan for her since it is the best option.
7/1/2021 10:43:04 pm
I appreciate that this post shared with us that one of the many benefits of choosing a primary care physician is that they are experienced and qualified to offer the best care. My mother is terminally ill and I am looking to hire an in-home care service to take care of her. I will definitely keep this information in mind and look into hiring a reliable service.
7/25/2021 10:04:54 pm
My sister would like to look for a primary care service that will be able to monitor her heart condition. I agree with you that this type of doctor will provide an accessible and more affordable treatment . Thank you for specifying here as well that they'll offer convenience too compared to a regular hospital.
It's great to know that there are call schedules that we can contact even 24/7 when we need it. I hope that I can find a doctor or facility that can offer that so that we can call them whenever we need them. It's important now that my mom is getting older and nearing her senior years.
9/13/2021 06:30:17 pm
I like that you talked about how we can have someone we can contact anytime inside to have updates regarding our loved ones. I hope we can find senior services like that for my grandmother. We just need to send her to a facility since it would be safer for her, since we are usually away from morning until the afternoon on weekdays.
9/15/2021 06:36:32 am
Great Post! This is a very informative & great Post. I got too much information about the healthcare solutions from this post. Thanks for sharing such a helpful post. Keep Posting!
10/5/2021 10:40:55 pm
Thanks for helping me understand that there are multiple things that one needs to consider to ensure that the care is given through primary care doctors. I will definitely look for a primary doctor that I can trust to get my parents checked now that both of them are almost senior soon. It would ensure that they would be taken care of when they have health issues that we are not aware of as soon as possible.
11/24/2021 09:48:16 pm
It helped when you mentioned that some patients join these practices for natural peace of mind. My aunt mentioned to me last night that she is planning to find a primary care doctor as she wants to be sure that she will be given treatment as soon as possible if needed and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell her that it will be much better if we consult trusted primary care services as they can answer all our inquiries.
1/21/2022 03:39:37 am
I like that you pointed out that having a senior care doctor will give us the assurance that our loved ones will be protected and secure to have quality services. I hope that we can find a doctor like that for my grandmother who has been having mobility issues for the past week. We just need her to get checked if there are underlying illnesses that might have affected her movements these days.
7/26/2022 10:36:17 am
Recently, I spoke with my mom about how it's been a while since she got a wellness screening. I'm glad you elaborated on direct primary care and how it comes with cost-effective benefits. I'll meet my mom later today for lunch and suggest we look into this. Thanks for the advice on how direct primary care practices are available and accessible.
8/24/2022 12:03:22 am
I like that you talked about being able to discuss various issues in one visit, since family meetings can be easier. I guess we need that kind of senior wellness care service for both my grandparents, since they have started showing medical issues these days. My grandmother has memory problems as well, so we need to ensure that they get the same treatment at the same time to easily take care of them.
9/6/2022 08:09:12 am
I appreciate you explaining why seniors need primary care practices.There are a number of benefits to direct primary care in senior care. First, direct primary care can provide seniors with more comprehensive and individualized care. This type of care can also help seniors manage their chronic conditions more effectively and reduce their risk of hospitalization. Additionally, direct primary care can improve communication between seniors and their health care providers, and help seniors coordinate their care more effectively.
12/1/2022 10:09:02 am
It captured me the most when you mentioned that a family practice physician allows a family to protect and secure each member's health. My friend wants to protect her family's quality of life. I should advise her to have a physician to look after each member's health.
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