Hopefully most of you received my most recent DPC Frontier Newsletter. There are few additional updates worth mentioning. Check out the states page for a summary (click on each respective state for details). Twenty three states have DPC laws on the books, two more (MT and MA) have friendly insurance commissioner guidance, three others have formal proposed legislation under current consideration (PA, WI, FL) and groups in many other states are organizing official efforts. I think it is fair to say that we have reached a tipping point!
I'm often asked for my commentary in a variety of media sources. On May 18, 2017 I was asked to provide comments for a untitled Medical Economics Article. I provided detailed commentary and few of those comments were used in a manner that might lead readers to believe I am pessimistic about the DPC movement. This is not the case! I am happy to report that the Medical Economics article has since been updated and now fairly presents my commentary. As a reference I am leaving my full thoughts below.
This post will focus on three topics: 1) DPC data accumulation efforts, 2) the new HHS (Trump) policy proposal favoring DPC, and 3) my thoughts about a recent news story covering the Qliance closure. Thanks to Governor Ivey's signature today Alabama is now the 22nd state to pass DPC legislation (it will likely be mentioned here in the next few days). Maine is the only state with active legislation remaining in the 2017 session.