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White House Launches Patient Freedom Initiative Flanked by Board Members of Docs4PatientCare Foundation and DPC Action

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September 24, 2020

Dr. Lee Gross: ‘America First Healthcare Plan’ Restores Power to Doctors and Patients, Removes Bureaucrats from the Exam Room, and Cuts Out Middlemen

CHARLOTTE, NC — Today President Trump, surrounded on stage by six board members of the Docs4PatientCare Foundation and DPC Action as well as approximately 95 other physicians, unveiled his “America First Healthcare Plan,” renewing the White House’s commitment to “More Choice, Lower Cost, and Better Care” and identifying patient freedom as the top priority and best solution for the American health care system.

D4PCF Board President Dr. Lee Gross, founder of the groundbreaking Epiphany Health Direct Primary Care clinic in North Port, Florida, thanked the administration for heeding the advice of practicing physicians who for years have prescribed patient choice as the cure.

“Today, President Trump released his plan for health care,” Gross said. “This vision achieves the three pillars of higher quality, better access and lower cost. Only two of these can be achieved with a government-centered approach. This patient-centered free-market approach can achieve all three.

“The plan restores power to doctors and patients, removes bureaucrats from the exam room and gets middlemen out of the doctor-patient relationship,” Gross continued.

“We thank the administration for steps already taken and look forward to working with the president to see this vision become reality,” he concluded.

Standing behind Trump during the announcement was D4PCF Board Vice President Dr. Mike Koriwchak. Koriwchak says the White House’s proven commitment to price transparency is key to Trump’s plan to liberate patients from bondage to unfair prices and confusing policies.

“Patients have an advocate in the White House,” Koriwchak said. “Today’s announcement builds on the momentum of President Trump’s executive order on price transparency, an indispensable part of any free — and fair — market.”

“Patients have a right to know the price of treatment beforehand instead of surrendering their income and savings to the black hole of government-sponsored insurance,” Koriwchak continued.

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What Divides Us: Direct Primary Care with Dr. Lee Gross

Is the health care industry too under the thumb of the government to repair through the power of markets? Not according to Dr. Lee Gross, President of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation and Owner of Epiphany Health in Florida. He says he adopted a “Direct Primary Care” model at Epiphany a decade ago, and now he’s marketing the money-saving, care improving model that empowers patients while allowing doctors to do their jobs better in a more relaxed atmosphere. It works by creating patient-focused incentives instead of following ones controlled by insurance companies. Gross is our guest on this week’s What Divides Us.

Listen to the podcast here.

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How I Will Remember Herman Cain

Herman Cain was my friend.

Herman collected people. If you found your way into his world, you became part of his collection. There may be those who have had longer relationships with Herman, or more personal relationships or closer relationships, but if Herman took an interest in you, he made you feel as though you were as important to him as anyone else in his life.

My first encounter with Herman occurred in 2009 when he was a substitute radio host for Neal Boortz on his nationally syndicated radio show. Herman was especially interested in healthcare reform, with some crediting him with torpedoing Hillarycare during a scathing rebuke in a 1993 forum held by President Clinton. During the national Obamacare debate, Herman often devoted entire shows to this issue. As the founder of a national advocacy group, Docs 4 Patient Care, I found myself drawn into these on-air discussions. I became known to Herman as Dr. Hal, a name that stuck with me since that first phone call. I became a regular caller whenever he was on air and Herman often relied upon me for the kind of “inside baseball” information on healthcare issues, that a practicing physician with healthcare policy interests could provide.

Read the entire article at Townhall.

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How Direct Primary Care Empowers Patients and Lets Doctors Do Their Jobs

Hidden rates between insurance companies and hospitals keep patients in the dark, and a skewed “pay per procedure” system incentivizes unnecessary tests and treatments with costs that are passed down to patients.

These systemic issues are why I stopped using the traditional insurance-based family practice approach and invested $100,000 into researching and creating a more sustainable alternative. The result was Epiphany Health, a direct primary care practice, and better patient results for less money.

Direct primary care makes it easier to tailor treatments to each individual patient because the model incentivizes doctors to help patients prevent illness, rather than engage in costly and lengthy chronic disease management.

Doctors also have more freedom for telemedicine, home visits and other means of reaching patients in tough circumstances, such as overburdened single parents and seniors at risk for COVID-19. This provides better care for less money and fewer logistical hoops.

Under this model, doctors are rewarded for successful treatments, not just tests and procedures. This encourages doctors to follow through with ill patients until they fully recover, and discourages prescribing unnecessary treatments.

Read the full article at Inside Sources.

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Physicians Praise New Rule Clarifying Patient Payments For Direct Primary Care Are Tax-Deductible

Proposed Rule Would End Discrimination Against Patients Who Pay Fixed Monthly Fees Directly to Doctors

Leading DPC physicians welcome ‘needed relief for primary care practices and businesses across the nation.’

[Washington, DC] [June 9, 2020] – Today the Treasury Department proposed a rule that would grant tax advantages to patients who pay fixed fees directly to doctors, following years of advocacy by the Docs4PatientCare Foundation, the only health care organization composed of practicing physicians with hands-on, practical knowledge of the American health care system.

If finalized, the rule would clarify that fixed-fee direct primary care (DPC) arrangements are 213(d) qualified medical expenses that can be paid out of tax-deferred medical accounts— including FSAs, HRAs and in certain situations HSAs.*

Dr. Lee Gross, president of the Docs4PatientCare Foundation (D4PCF), says the rule promises relief for patients and doctors fighting for survival.

“In a time where DPC practices have led the nation by example of how primary care can be efficiently delivered during a pandemic, the Trump administration has recognized that this is needed relief for primary care practices and businesses across the nation,” Gross said. “This change will allow better and more affordable access to primary care services, particularly in rural areas where critically needed.”

D4PCF has long battled tax discrimination introduced by Obama-era IRS officials against patients who pay low monthly fees directly to DPC practices for steeply discounted office visits, labs, tests, imaging, and specialist referrals.

Dr. Chad Savage, president of the affiliate organization DPC Action, says the long-overdue clarification will help DPC practices attract patients to a low-cost, high-value model quietly revolutionizing American health care.

“Today’s rule from the Treasury Department formalizes the executive order signed by President Trump regarding HSAs,” Savage said. “This vital rule will help to level the playing field by creating tax parity between insurance-based practices and the innovative model of primary care known as Direct Primary Care.”

By expanding the appeal of these high quality, cost-effective practices, the rule will also create an opportunity for insurance-based practices ravaged by COVID-19 to start anew in the DPC format.

“By providing a high-quality, cost-effective health care option, it will free up limited resources that can be used to facilitate economic recovery from the pandemic,” Savage said. “On behalf of DPC Action, I would like to earnestly thank President Trump and the Trump administration for their tireless work in support of America’s patients, businesses and physicians.”

Gross thanked several Trump administration members whom D4PCF has spoken with for months about the proposed rule.

“The Trump administration has taken a huge step forward in clarifying a decade-long uncertainty around the tax treatment of direct primary care memberships,” Gross said. “We wish to thank the President and the administration, particularly the National Economic Council. We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Treasury Department, especially Secretary Mnuchin, Assistant Secretary Kautter, and the Internal Revenue Service. We greatly appreciate the steadfast support of the Health and Human Services Department, especially Secretary Azar and Deputy Secretary Hargan.”

D4PCF has urged the Trump administration to issue the clarification for years, including via an eight-page letter critiquing inconsistent guidance from the IRS on the tax treatment of DPC practices.

The proposed rule could have gone further towards tax parity of DPC, a matter D4PCF and DPC Action will address with the administration during the comment period.

* Flexible spending accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, and health savings accounts

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This Pandemic Shows Why Socialism Always Fails

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis that has ushered more control into the government’s hands at the expense of individual decision-making, we are learning why socialism has failed—and always will.

Apologists for socialism and communism claim that real socialism has never been tried. That is, the failures of the Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela, and others were due to bad leadership instead of bad political philosophy. But an egalitarian society where leaders and elites resist enriching themselves at the expense of others is impossible. And the actions of our elites during this pandemic prove the point.

As COVID-19 has temporarily stripped Americans of many of our cherished liberties, giving us a temporary taste of socialism’s sour fruit, we are learning how elites would behave if these restrictions became permanent.

Many who have championed the quarantine are flagrantly violating it. Two elites infected by COVID-19, George Stephanopoulos and Chris Cuomo, flouted rules that the rest of us are supposed to follow. Stephanopoulos went on a mask-less walk, breaking his required self-isolation. Cuomo, instead of being quarantined in his basement as he claimed on CNN, traveled to inspect his second home—which was under construction. He even got into a confrontation with a passing bicyclist while he was sick.

Read the full article at RedState

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Why Banning Doctors With Different Ideas From YouTube Is Bad For Public Health

Remember in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” when the pig Snowball is whipping support for his plan to build a windmill, and his rival Napoleon sics a secret pack of dogs on him, “and he was seen no more”? Then Napoleon bans public debates, and “the sheep broke out into a tremendous bleating of ‘Four legs good, two legs bad!’ which went on for nearly a quarter of an hour and put an end to any chance of discussion.”

Similar is the intelligentsia’s recent reaction to two ER doctors’ public questioning of the official narrative about COVID-19. Far from merely refuting the doctors’ analysis in the public square—an exercise once considered a staple of civil society—the intelligentsia rushed to condemn, vilify, and disappear them from the agora.

In remarks uploaded to YouTube in April, Dr. Daniel Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi questioned the conventional wisdom about the coronavirus pandemic. They offered an alternative perspective to what government and medical officials were claiming about the virus’s spread and about how to contain it.

Read the full article at the Federalist

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Next U.S. health crisis is dependence on Chinese Communist Party for medical supplies and drugs

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily lives in unimaginable ways, leaving little doubt as to how unprepared we were. Our Achilles’ heel is our reliance on other countries — especially China — for many of our drugs and medical supplies. Now we must take evasive action to protect American patients and health care professionals from the consequences of remaining medically dependent on China. One solution may be right in front of us — or, rather, south of us.

The pandemic has brought to the fore the drug and medical supply shortages surgeons have experienced in operating rooms for years. The United States imports almost half of its personal protective equipment (PPE) from China, Financial Times reports. This includes masks, face shields, disposable gowns, and gloves. Unsurprisingly, these items were no longer available once China realized it was facing an epidemic.

To help meet the shortage, 3M, an American company, committed to President Trump that it would ramp up production of N-95 masks. The problem? These are produced in China by 3M’s partner company. The Chinese Communist Party essentially nationalized production of PPE and stopped the export of this equipment.

Read the full article at the Washington Times

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How Coronavirus Shutdowns Are Killing America’s Health Care System

President Trump has compared the fight against COVID-19 to a war against a silent enemy. The soldiers on the front lines are the doctors, nurses, technicians, and others who are fighting it in hospitals across the United States.

These brave people deserve the long-overdue adulation being heaped on them. The untold story, however, is of the hundreds of thousands of doctors facing not only the health risks of caring for patients with undiagnosed COVID-19, but also ruinous financial calamity and professional catastrophe, self-inflicted by government.

Take, for example, the largest urology practice in the Southeast, where I serve as managing partner. We employ more than 400 people, including physicians and advanced practice providers. When the Wuhan virus pandemic hit the United States, we were at first asked, and later ordered, to stop performing elective surgery, which accounts for more than 50 percent of our revenue.

Read the full article at The Federalist

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States Should Add Adrenaline Boost to Guidelines for ‘Opening Up America Again’

If the “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again” the White House released mid-April have encouraged anyone that maybe COVID-19 will not permanently send our economy back to the 1930s, they also remind us that the United States is caught in a game of chicken with financial ruin. As in every game of chicken, the vital question is “When should I swerve?”

Importantly, the guidelines do not win the game: they expand the players. They entrust governors and other state and local officials with the most crucial decision facing our country: “When should we start reopening our economy?” Although the guidelines indicate that states or regions should “satisfy” certain gating criteria “before proceeding to Phase One,” they defer to non-federal officials:

State and local officials may need to tailor the application of these criteria to local circumstances (e.g., metropolitan areas that have suffered severe COVID outbreaks, rural and suburban areas where outbreaks have not occurred or have been mild). Additionally, where appropriate, Governors should work on a regional basis to satisfy these criteria and to progress through the phases outlined below.

Read the full article at RedState

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