Direct Primary Care: The No-Payer Alternative (#hcbiz 10)

According to the AAFP: The direct primary care (DPC) model gives family physicians a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, typically by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee (i.e., a retainer) that covers all or most primary care services including clinical, laboratory, and consultative services, and care coordination and comprehensive care management. Because


Dealing with the Doctor Shortage (#hcbiz 8)

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), America may be short up to 90,000 physicians by 2025. A lack of Primary Care Physicians could account for as much as 1/3 of that. Some of the factors contributing to the shortage, like population growth and an aging population, are outside of our control: Approximately


Healthcare Incentives and The Cobra Effect (#hcbiz 7)

The term cobra effect stems from an anecdote set at the time of British rule of colonial India. The British government was concerned about the number of venomous cobra snakes in Delhi. The government therefore offered a bounty for every dead cobra. Initially this was a successful strategy as large numbers of snakes were killed


50 Years of Healthcare Intermediation (#hcbiz 6)

Medicare was signed into law on July 30, 1965. Its original budget was around $10 billion and 19 million individuals signed up for Medicare during its first year. Today more than 50 million Americans are covered by Medicare at a cost approaching $600 Billion per year. According to author David Goldhill in Catastrophic Care, Medicare’s


Will Software Eat Healthcare? (#hcbiz 5)

OK my #hcbiz friends, I have suggested reading for you and I strongly urge you to take me up on it. Software Eats Healthcare, For Dummies by Alex Danco has my brain going in high-gear tonight. It’s one of the more intriguing pieces I’ve ever read on healthcare innovation and what might be coming. I’ll