DPC Bill Still Allows Government to Dictate Standards of Care

Dr. Chip Smutny writes:

As I read about the AAFP endorsement of S 1989 I see we still have people in our organizations thinking that we can still play the government game at least partially.

“To participate in the demonstration project, DPC practices would have to meet performance targets established by Medicare. Qualifying practices would be required to offer enhanced services, including preventive care, wellness counseling, primary care, care coordination, appointments seven days a week, secure email and phone consultations, and 24/7 telephone access to consultations. If they failed to meet the targets for two consecutive years, they would be excluded from the initiative.”

This is still allowing government to dictate standards of care that they cannot support with data or even case studies that have any real statistical power. Continue reading