The AAFP Blows Another Chance to Promote DPC

The big wigs at the AAFP recently came out with another letter (their “go to” technique) and it said:

“The AAFP maintains that the current regulatory framework with which primary care physicians must comply is daunting and often demoralizing,” the letter stated. “Standardization is not required among public or private payers, and many family physicians participate with 10 or more payers. Physicians spend needless hours reviewing documents and literally checking boxes to meet the requirements of each health insurance plan.”

You can see more information here where they “spell out specific administrative burdens that draw physicians away from patient care, including EHR documentation, prior authorization and the proliferation of quality measures.”

Let’s pretend for a moment that they didn’t agree to allow EVERY ONE OF THESE BURDENS to happen, which they did allow.  Why couldn’t they say something in their letter like:

The AAFP maintains that the current regulatory framework with which primary care physicians must comply is daunting and often demoralizing.  We appreciate the willingness to negotiate and fix this issue, however, if we are unable to work together and change this then we have no choice but to put all our efforts into having our family physicians move into the Direct Primary Care field where they are no longer burdened by ANY of this.

Now doesn’t that sound better?  Wait, wouldn’t a move by family docs into DPC eliminate all the courses and money making schemes used by the AAFP to teach docs about EHR documentation, prior authorizations and quality measures?  Hmmmm…..

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. Perry says:

    Here is an article that says it all about how lousy it is for Primary Care. These things are what AAFP should be fixing:

    https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2018/02/week-worst-health-care-system-world.html

  2. Sir Lance-a-lot says:

    Right on, Doug.

    By the way, the logo looks great!

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