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The Direct Primary Care Podcast Show

The Direct Primary Care (DPC) Podcast is a podcast about a a new and innovative model of healthcare. Once thought to be a practice only for the wealthy, DPC is now spreading across the country and becoming available to all as a more feasible, more sustainable and happier model of care delivery. By charging a low cost monthly fee to patients, doctors are able to take back the freedom that was taken from them decades ago, and patients are able to reap the rewards of a doctor they know and who has time for them. This podcast hopes to empower those who are on the fringe of the DPC movement, or who don't quite know what its about, to embrace DPC as the answer to our nation's failing healthcare system. While the show is geared towards providers, those in insurance industry, hospital administration, public policy and even patients will find the show's content interesting and informative. In each episode, Dr Roussel, a direct primary care physician, radio show host and author, interviews a new guest about a different topic related to direct primary care, from insurance plans that pair with membership to legal issues when dealing with patient contracts and Medicare. So tune in to learn more about the model of healthcare that is rebuilding our system from the ground up, one doctor, one patient at a time.
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Oct 5, 2018

In Episode 68, Dr Roussel interviews Drs Jona and Stephen Sasser of Tidal Wellness of Tidal Wellness in Wilmington, NC about their amazing disaster relief efforts to provide much needed medical care to victims of Hurricane Florence.

Sep 25, 2018

In Episode 67, Dr Roussel interviews Kyna Fong, co-founder and CEO of Elation Health, Inc. In the interview they discuss the Elation Health EHR, including its inspiration, how its different from many EHRs out there, and how the company is reaching out to DPC doctors.

Sep 20, 2018

In Episode 66, Dr Roussel interviews Dr David Craig of Spruce Health about the Spruce telecommunication platform. In the interview they discuss how the Spruce Health platform originated, how Spruce works with an electronic health record (EHR), how Spruce can facilitate/improve patient care and how spruce can help DPC practices.

Sep 18, 2018

In Episode 65, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Josh Umbehr and Kirk Umbehr of Atlas MD EHR. In the interview they discuss the Atlas MD electronic health records system. In particular, they discuss why Dr Josh decided to develop an EHR platform, how the platform is tailored to DPC, what integrations the platform offers and how the platform is or is not HIPAA compliant.

Sep 6, 2018

In Episode 64, Dr Roussel interviews Mr Vineeth Yeddula and Dr Michael Hein, co-founders of KPI Ninja, a DPC analytics company. In the interview they discuss how they provide data on quality and patient care for DPC practices, why they believe DPC practices can benefit from their services and the importance of analytics for the DPC movement.

Aug 30, 2018

In Episode 63, Dr Roussel interviews Zak Holdsworth, co-founder and CEO of Hint Health about the Hint Health platform, a cloud-based software for Direct Primary Care Practice management. In the interview they talk about Hint’s history in DPC and its new technology solutions that it has on the horizon to support direct primary care practices.

Aug 23, 2018

In Episode 62, Dr Roussel interviews Dr James Pinckney, CEO and co-founder of diamond physicians, about defining one’s DPC practice brand. Practicing a new model that is primary care focused, DPC doctors face the task of building a brand around themselves that patients can buy into. This episode is about how Dr James Pinckney did this with Diamond Physicians, a nationally recognized DPC brand, and how other DPC docs can do the same as they grow their DPC practice.

Aug 21, 2018

In Episode 61, Dr Roussel interviews Mr David Maples, CEO and co-founder of Catapult Creative Media, a digital marketing agency in Baton Rouge, LA. In the interview, David talks about the importance of website design when marketing one’s DPC practice, what factors to consider when building one’s website, and whether to outsource website to an outside agency.

Aug 14, 2018

In Episode 60, Dr Roussel interviews Mr Chris Habig of Freedom HealthWorks, a DPC marketing company, that helps practices grow from idea to profitable business. In their discussion they talk in depth about Freedom HealthWorks: how it works, why they founded it, what they offer, how much they cost, and how they respond to the ‘third-party’ critique, and much more.

Aug 9, 2018

In Episode 59, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Matt Priddy, founder of Priority Physicians, a DPC practice in Indianapolis, IA. In the interview they discuss how the clinic has developed a comprehensive marketing strategy over nearly two decades of being in operation. In particular, they discuss what’s been most effective in the direct primary care setting versus what’s been less effective.

Aug 7, 2018

In Episode 58, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Nick Tomsen of Antioch Family Medicine in Wichita, KS about ‘Turbo-charging’ his direct primary care practice membership. In the interview they talk about the strategies that helped grow his practice from zero to full in little more than a year as well as some strategies that were not as effective. This is the first part of a series on marketing for DPC, aimed at helping practices achieve their target number as soon as possible.

Aug 2, 2018

In Episode 57, Dr Roussel interviews Mr Dave Denniston, financial advisor and host of the podcast “The Freedom Formula for Physicians” about financial freedom for physicians. In the interview he talks about some challenges that physicians face when trying to achieve financial freedom, ways that physicians can take charge of their finances to reach financial independence and how direct primary care doctors, even when practicing lesser known model, can work towards financial freedom.

Jul 31, 2018

In Episode 56, Dr Roussel interviews Dr David Draghinas of the Doctors Unbound Podcast. Dr Draghinas, an anesthesiologist by training, started the Doctors Unbound Podcast as a way of showcasing doctors who are doing unique and amazing work that is different from the status quo. In doing so, he hopes to promote the profession’s image, amidst ever increasing threat of its prestige and position.

Jul 26, 2018

In Episode 55, Dr Roussel interviews Mr Jamie Lagarde, CEO of Sedera Health, a health sharing organization that focuses on small businesses. In the interview Mr Jamie explains the history of Sedera, how the Sedera plan works, how its helped small businesses save 50-75% off their healthcare coverage while reducing the hassle of getting expenses paid, and how they pair up with Direct Primary Care practice membership.

Jul 24, 2018

In Episode 54, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Scott Conard, family doctor and consultant for brokerage firms and large employers, about building railroads between DPC doctors and large employer groups. In the interview they discuss some of the barriers employers face to hiring DPC doctors and some possible solutions to allow employees of companies to the likes of Exxon, GE and other fortune 500 companies to have DPC as a covered benefit.

Jul 19, 2018

In Episode 53, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Staci Benson of Paradigm Family Health about the 2018 DPC Summit. In the interview Dr Benson give a brief recap of each talk at the Direct Primary Care Summit, ranging from Dr Gold’s “Salveo” tattoo to Dr Erika Bliss’ candid discussion of Qliance’s failure to Dr Julie Gunther’s heartfelt reflection on the impact of pressure on her personal growth and maturity.

Jul 17, 2018

In Episode 52, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Phil Eskew about updates to the bill (formerly HR 365, now HR 6317) allowing people to use their HSA to pay for direct primary care services. He also interviews several doctors at the DPC Summit (Dr Yusuf Mathai, Dr Claudia Emmons & Dr Chris Larson) about why they chose direct primary care.

Jul 5, 2018

In Episode 51, Dr Roussel interviews Mr Richard Brewer of Paragon Benefits, a third party administration company, about their work ‘bringing clarity in this dysfunctional industry’ of health insurance. In particular, they talk about Paragon’s work providing affordable insurance to employer groups by going outside of traditional networks and how this can pair up with direct primary care to provide comprehensive coverage at a fraction of the cost.

Jul 3, 2018

In Episode 50, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Jeremy Smith of MyMDConnect, an innovative company that is crafting direct primary care focused insurance plans for employers. In the interview they discuss how their insurance plans evolved, how they work, how they save money and how they are crafted exclusively to pair up with direct primary care.

Jun 28, 2018

In Episode 8 of the Direct Primary Care Podcast, Dr Roussel interviews Dr Garrison Bliss, the first doctor to practice direct primary care and the founder of Qliance, the nation's first direct primary care practice. In their discussion, Dr Bliss discussions the origins of the direct primary care model, how it led to a national movement to restore healthcare and what its future is for the country.

Jun 26, 2018

In Episode 49, Dr Roussel talks with Mr Jeff Blackwell, audio master of the Direct Primary Care Podcast, about his work behind the scenes of the podcast. In the interview they talk about Jeff’s career path in audio, radio and television and how he came to become part of the DPC podcast. As well in this episode, Dr Roussel gives a look ahead at what lies in store for the rest of the year for the DPC Podcast.

Jun 20, 2018

In Episode 48, Dr Roussel interviews Mr David Contorno, coined by Dave Chase as “One of America’s Most Innovative Insurance Brokers,” about “How to Pick a Benefits Strategist.” In the interview they discuss the financial incentives that keep benefits strategists offering high-cost, low value plans. Beginning with his own story of reform, Mr Contorno elaborates on how and why he left the major carriers to focus on high-value self-funded plans that pair with Direct Primary Care and how other brokers can do the same.

Jun 18, 2018

In Episode 47, Dr Roussel interviews Mr Dave Chase, author of “CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream,” founder of the HealthRosetta movement, a regular author for Forbes and successful serial healthcare start-up entrepreneur. In the interview they discuss why healthcare for companies has become unsustainably expensive and how this situation can be changed to provide value for money spent on healthcare.

Jun 15, 2018

In Episode 46, ‘Q&A: The Elephant and Rider Analogy,’ Dr Roussel elaborates on the popular analogy that has been used to describe the psychology of institutional change. In particular, he discusses how the analogy has been applied to healthcare and why such an analogy may not be the best metaphor for the DPC movement.

Jun 13, 2018

In Episode 45, Dr Roussel interviews Mr Dutch Rojas, CEO & founder of Sano Surgery and a disruptive broker of ambulatory surgical services about his work negotiating bundled payment deals for employers and health plans. In the interview they talk about how bundling payment for surgery can lower cost to employers, why surgery centers and hospitals are eager to accept a bundled payment, why major carriers are reluctant to negotiate bundled payments and how bundled payment can work with direct primary care to lower cost for a wrap-around plan.

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