Primary Care Services
All of our clinics provide a standard set of services including, but not limited to: Urgent Care, Pediatric Care, Adult Medicine and Wellness Care, Chronic Disease Management (high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol etc.), Preventative Medical Care, Sports Medicine, E-prescribing and on-site Rx dispensing, Lab collection and processing.
At Wellness For Life Direct Primary care, you have the benefit of knowing your clinician personally; like the old days, but at tremendous cost-savings in comparison to today’s fee-for-service providers. Our focus on wellness and preventative care, along with in-depth analytics, ensures that you are not just healthy today, but in the long run as well.
What is Direct Primary Care?
An innovative alternative payment model for primary care, Direct Primary Care (DPC) is being embraced by patients, physicians, employers, payers and policymakers across the country. This model offers family physicians a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee (i.e., a retainer). This retainer covers most primary care services including clinical, laboratory, and consultative services, and care coordination and comprehensive care management.
The defining element of DPC is an enduring and trusting relationship between a patient and his or her primary care provider. DPC is the key to achieving superior health outcomes, lower costs and an enhanced patient experience and is achieved by focusing on these five key elements:
- Patient Choice
- Elimination of Fee-For-Service
Family physicians are rewarded under DPC with reduced overheads and face none of the negative incentives associated with fee-for-service, third-party-payer billing.
Physicians also benefit from:
- decreased practice overhead
- fewer medical errors / less exposure to risk
- improved practice collections rates
- more time with patients
- reduced patient volume
- zero insurance filing
The Fee-For-Service Problem
Primary care fee-for-service only pays a physician for a certain set of discrete activities encouraging every health care issue or question to become a doctor visit, and for the physician to do most things instead of others on the team. This in turn, leads to reactive care and framing the job as taking care of one patient at a time, like a never-ending assembly line.
Fee-for-service is simply the wrong model to pay for primary care. Primary care is about continuous healing relationships between the patient and the doctor and not an assembly line.
Fee-for-service offers incentives that increase volume of care rather than quality of care.
This decreases the time that a physician spends with each patient, ultimately resulting in limited access to care.
The Wellness For Life Direct Primary Care Solution
Wellness For Life Direct Primary Care offers a fixed monthly rate per member, $0 co-pays and no insurance claims. Our physicians, on average, have 1/4th the patient panel size in comparison with a typical primary care physician.
By reducing our patient panel sizes and existing outside of insurance billing, Wellness For Life physicians are able to see one patient at a time. They have a defined population who are their responsibility, and thus are focused on improving their patients health, and keeping them out of the hospital, emergency room, and unnecessary procedures.
Patients reap the benefits of personalized one-on-one access to their physicians and 24/7 support via phone, email or text.