Direct care – a medical practice model in which physicians contract directly with patients – has many benefits for both physicians and patients.
For you, it means more time with patients, a simplified revenue structure, decreased practice overhead, and reduced administrative burden.
For patients, direct care means greater access to and communication with you, which studies show leads to fewer unnecessary tests, less frequent hospital visits, and lower total cost of care.
If you’re considering starting or moving to a direct care model, the Texas Medical Association has a new CME course, Alternative Practice Models.
The course outlines different direct care practice models, and shows you how to develop relationships with affiliates and vendors, how to create strategies for marketing, and how to stay in compliance with HIPPAA and other regulations.
Specific topics include:
- Finding funding and location, staffing, fee structures, and services to offer;
- Technology considerations, such as practice management and electronic health record (EHR) systems, and software integration;
- Market segmentation, elements of a website, using social media, and networking; and
- Finding an attorney, licensing, medical professional liability insurance, HIPAA, health spending accounts (HSAs), and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
The course, which is free for TMA members and practice staff thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust, has been accredited for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 1.5 Ethics.
Find more publications, webinars, podcast episodes, and CME courses related to practice management in the TMA Education Center.
Last Updated On
October 07, 2020