Lansing forum discusses Direct Primary Care Services pilot for Medicaid enrollees

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 Pilot would expand access to affordable, quality care while lowering costs

Lansing, Mich. –State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, and state Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, hosted a public health care forum on Tuesday featuring some of the state’s most forward-thinking health care providers to discuss how Direct Primary Care Services (DPCS) can improve patient care while lowering costs. The forum featured an overview of DPCS by doctors actually practicing medicine in DPCS models.

Presenters included Dr. Chad Savage of Your Choice Direct Care, who spoke about DPCS in concept and in practice; Dr. John Blanchard of Salta, who addressed DPCS as a business; and Colbeck, who talked about possible policy actions regarding DPCS.

Colbeck outlined his proposal to launch a Medicaid DPCS pilot in Michigan. The Medicaid budget is the single largest line item in the Michigan budget. Medicaid in Michigan provides health care coverage for 2.4 million people at a cost of $17 billion annually. DPCS has been demonstrated to reduce the overall cost of providing care by 20 percent while significantly improving the quality of care delivered.

“Michigan has an opportunity to lead the way in free market health care reform by expanding access to innovative health care delivery models like Direct Primary Care Services,” Colbeck said. “If fully deployed in support of Medicaid enrollees, we could free up to $3.4 billion per year from our $54.5 billion state budget and improve the quality of care. Less money. Better care. I look forward to working with my colleagues to launch a pilot program for DPCS in the Medicaid budget this year.”

Videos of each presentation and the event in its entirety can be viewed at