Before you get started, here is some information from our Agreement, which each new member signs upon joining the Midwest Direct Primary Care Alliance:
WHAT WE DOThe Midwest Direct Primary Care Alliance (MDA) aims to:- Promote collegial relationships between Direct Primary Care (DPC) practices in the Kansas City area and surrounding communities.- Raise awareness of DPC in the community.- Promote fair and transparent pricing for ancillary services, such as imaging, labs, specialist consults, specialty procedures, etc, in the best interest of our patients.
WHO WE AREFor membership, one must:- be a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant practicing in a DPC clinic- attend meetings and participate in the organization in good faith; efforts will be made to provide options for participating in meetings via live stream for those who cannot physically attend.- engage in collegial, respectful relationships between DPC providers and clinics- provide care with a commitment to transparency, to accessibility, and to practicing primary care to the fullest extent of each one's scope and license by using current, evidence-based practices.- be approved for membership by the the Membership Committee, who will use not only the DPC definition and above criteria in their decision, but also the nature of products, services, treatment, treatment claims and pricing rendered by potential member clinics in their decision-making.
DEFINITIONSPrimary Care: - Primary care providers are the first contact and continuing care for persons with any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern (the "undifferentiated" patient) not limited by problem origin (biological, behavioral, or social), organ system, or diagnosis. Or, more succinctly, “If you’re the first one they call, you’re practicing primary care.” Primary care is prevention, acute care, and chronic disease management.
Direct Care Practice: - From Eskew, J Am Board Fam Med November-December 2015 vol. 28 no. 6793-801: "A DPC practice must be a primary care practice that (1) charges a periodic fee for services, (2) does not bill any third parties on a fee-for-service basis, and (3) any per-visit charges are less than the monthly equivalent of the periodic fee."