About This BlogThe SW Health Law Checkup is written by the attorneys of Snell & Wilmer to provide their insight on an array of regulatory and compliance matters related to federal and state fraud and abuse laws and regulations, reimbursement, credentialing and employment of providers, joint ventures and physician-entity integration, best practices in compensation and contracting, value-based purchasing and contracting with providers.
In 2012, Turntable Health opened its doors in downtown Las Vegas with one goal—providing preventive healthcare at a reasonable cost. As a direct primary care (“DPC”) clinic, Turntable Health offered unlimited access to primary care physicians for a monthly fee. Only five years after opening, Turntable permanently closed in January 2017, citing an inability to reconcile its practice with the economic demands of the healthcare industry. Following Turntable’s lead, an industry forerunner based out of Seattle, Qliance Medical Management, closed in May. These closures leave medical professionals and patients in Nevada questioning DPC’s viability and, in consequence, its future. While large-scale DPC providers like Turntable and Qliance are a relatively new concept, small DPC practices have existed for decades. Under the DPC practice model, physicians offer contracts that allow patients to pay low monthly fees for unlimited access to primary care services, discounted blood work, and prescriptions. However, DPC memberships do not cover all healthcare needs, including costly hospitalizations, specialist visits, and surgery. For that reason, providers suggest—and federal law requires—that patients hold, at a minimum, high-deductible health plans. Rather than a standalone healthcare solution, a DPC membership is one … Continue reading
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