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Wise Patient Direct
Wise Patient Direct is a membership primary care service – think gym membership – that optimizes your access to your personal physician, who is motivated to be there for you.
Direct Primary Care Benefits
The Wise Patient Direct Membership Fee is: $100/month. Among the reasons patients have cited for choosing a DPC practice are:
More Comprehensive Care
Better Access To Their Personal Physician Beyond Office Visits
Improved Fitness And Lifestyle Tracking
Decreased Monthly Health Costs (When Paired With A Low-Premium High Deductible Insurance Plan)
Major Discounts For Common Medical Tests
Better Long-Distance Care While Working And Traveling
Pay As You Go
The membership is pay as you go, no down payment, no minimal term, and you can discontinue at any time without penalty.
DPC allows the doctor a smaller more exclusive practice, about one third of a normal practice size.
With fewer total patients, a physician can provide more detailed care which should result in healthier happier patients. DPC is an innovative way to deliver primary care that is catching on across the country.
Flat Monthly Fee
In Wise Patient Direct, you pay a flat monthly fee of $100 for all primary care services and we don’t bill your insurance company.
It’s that simple. No co-pay. No co-insurance.
You get personalized comprehensive care, decreased wait times for appointments, and enhanced communication with your physician and health coaches beyond the exam room.
Washington State Is Fully On Board
Washington State is fully on board with direct primary care. Permanent law RCW 48.150 “Direct Patient-Provider Primary Health Care” can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/kt627jy. It is well written and full of appropriate patient protections. This law emphasizes that DPC practices do not bill insurance for primary care services and that patients may discontinue their membership at any time.
Categories of Care
Doctor-patient interactions will generally fit into one of these six categories:
On The Fly: Written messages on the portal or via text message.
Phone Care: 15 minute (or less) conversations scheduled into the MD’s workday.
Face to Face Focused Appointments: Usually limited to 1-2 topics.
Face to Face Overview Appointments: Ideally once every 6 months. Not required but highly encouraged master strategy sessions about ‘the big picture’ and how to achieve your long-term health goals.
Once Yearly Full Physical Exam: Dr. Warren sometimes uses handheld ultrasound technology within this physical exam.
Fitness Tracking: This can take many forms depending on technology preference of patient.