• Post

    Physicians Escaping Bureaucracy

    Since 2000, there has been a 75 percent increase in hospital employment. Smaller practices are selling their practices to larger health systems because it’s difficult for them to stay financially afloat in an era of declining reimbursement rates, changing payer rules, and costly electronic health records (EHRs). In…
    Katherine Restrepo, November 6, 2017
  • Post

    There Is An Answer To The Unsolvable Health Care Equation

    “If you take out the government, and you take out the insurance, boop! It’s solved,” says Dr. Doug Farrago. Farrago, a “recovering hospital-employed physician”, was one of many speakers to address an audience of 250 doctors at a Direct Primary Care (DPC) conference that was recently held in Orlando, Florida.
    Katherine Restrepo, November 3, 2017
  • Post

    Let Patients Sort Out Quality In the Health Care Marketplace

    My colleague Terry Stoops just wrote a blog post entitled, “let parents sort out quality in the education marketplace.” The same goes for patients in the health care marketplace. Still, the government is the main arbiter in determining quality health care. Just look at all of the “quality…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 31, 2017
  • Post

    Worried About Medicare Payment Reductions? Then Consider Switching To Direct Primary Care

    As part of its doctorate program, Duke University’s School of Nursing is coaching its students on how to make effective health policy “asks” to state and federal lawmakers. Presentations were held on campus last week, and one of my colleagues and I had the pleasure of providing these students feedback…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 30, 2017
  • Post

    Direct Primary Care: A Pathway To Save Physicians From Burnout

    “Physician happiness is inversely proportional to the amount of bureaucratic drag on their lives,” says Dr. Doug Farrago. Farrago, a recovering hospital-employed physician, was one of many influential speakers to address an audience of 250 physicians at a Direct Primary Care (DPC) conference that was recently held in Orlando,…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 25, 2017
  • Post

    Direct Primary Care: Making Health Care Affordable Again

    ReasonTV just released a documentary that explains how direct primary care (DPC) docs are making health care affordable again. Watch it here:…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 16, 2017
  • Post

    More Reasons Why Telemedicine Pairs Well With Direct Primary Care

    Unlike primary care physicians that accept insurance, direct primary care (DPC) doctors aren’t waiting around for the American Medical Association (AMA) to expand the number of health insurance billing codes that pay for telemedicine services. Bypassing the complexities associated with health insurance contracts lets DPC doctors be flexible in how they…
    Katherine Restrepo, September 18, 2017
  • Post

    Telemedicine Pairs Well With Direct Primary Care

    Thanks to telemedicine, a surging number of medical professionals are effectively delivering health care to patients over long distances. Physicians are saving patients time and money by substituting an in-office visit with a virtual encounter via phone, tablet, or computer for common ailments. Hospitals are staffing “command centers” with…
    Katherine Restrepo, September 11, 2017