Direct Primary Care by Dr. Ryan Neuhofel

by Mike Sevilla, MD

Dr Ryan Neuhofel (@NeuCare), Family Physician, will be joining me to talk about Direct Primary Care, his experience at the AAFP 2014 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students, and more!

Thanks to Ryan Neuhofel, MD, MPH, for the opportunity to talk about Direct Primary Care in the Google Hangout video above. I have interviewed him about six months ago while at the NeuCare Family Medicine office in Lawrence, Kansas. That video follows at the end of this blog post.

He is known as Dr. Neu on twitter and the internet, and he has been telling his story since the opening of his practice in December 2011. Earlier this month, he was on a panel telling the Direct Primary Care story at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

In the video above, our conversation begins with how he describes Direct Primary Care to prospective new patients. Just like trying to define Family Medicine, it can be difficult to exactly define Direct Primary Care, because each practice is different. He also describes how he differentiates between Direct Primary Care and "concierge" medicine.

We also cover some of the common misconceptions about Direct Primary Care, like DPC patients are usually young people without any insurance. He states that there are many patients who come to NeuCare Family Medicine, do have insurance, usually high deductible private insurance, who pay out-of-pocket expenses anyway.

Dr. Neu states that there are many medical students and residents who visit his practice with the goal of opening their own Direct Primary Care practice when they complete their formal medical training. In fact, right at the end of this video, he introduces us to a medical student who is shadowing him today.

As I have said on this website in the past, I am glad that medical organizations, like the American Academy of Family Physicians, are recognizing Direct Primary Care as a legitimate alternative to our current broken health care system. It's always great talking with Dr. Neu, except for the fact that I continue to mispronounce his name when I interview him. Sheesh...

Mike Sevilla, MD talks with Ryan Neuhofel, MD, MPH two years following the start of his Direct Medicine practice called NeuCare Family Medicine in Lawrence, Kansas. Also check out the following links - -

The Bryan Vartabedian Interview

by Mike Sevilla, MD

Dr. Bryan Vartabedian, one of today's most well-known Physician Social Media leaders, unofficially announced his new book on last night's Google Hangout interview (video above). The details will be outlined next week on his website, but I received an exclusive preview of its contents.

"This is a practical guide to life as a doctor in the connected age," Dr. Vartabedian discusses at around eight minutes into the video above. He goes on to state that this book will be an extension of the current content that is on his 33 Charts website. @Doctor_V would not give up the title of the manuscript, only stating that more details will be revealed next week.

Not using the traditional publishing route, we discussed why he chose the E-publishing route. At around 45 minutes into the video, he states that he chose the platform called TinyPass to initially publish and to initially receive feedback from readers. "Publishing is traditionally an endpoint. I see this hopefully as a start. This type of book must evolve as technology evolves." 

We began the video interview above talking about next week's Stanford Medicine X conference in which he will be co-presenting a Master Class on Physician Online Identity with Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. We agree that there is no other type of conference like this out there in which patients and the patient's point of view are placed front and center. There is certainly value to this, and I am looking forward to my first #MedX conference next week. 

On a personal note, I've been very happy using the Google Hangout format for video interviews. In the past, I have used audio podcasts, particularly the Mike Sevilla Radio Show, of which I have over 300 episodes, to create conversations and have interviews.

In addition to the #MedX interview with @Doctor_V above, I also invite you to check out recent Google Hangout video interviews I've done with #MedX E-patient delegate Meredith Gould and #MedX E-patient advisor Christopher Snider. Hopefully, I will be able to squeeze another interview or two before next week's #MedX conference...

NCSC Throwback Thursday

by Mike Sevilla, MD

As I talked about in yesterday's post, one of the fun things that #FMRevolution can do is to share photos and memories from past NCSC meetings. What you'll see below are pics from the meetings I attended including 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2007. You'll have to figure out which year goes with which picture.

In addition, I'll be live podcasting on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3pm Eastern Time at this link. The Mike Sevilla Radio Program will be previewing next week's AAFP NCSC 2014 meeting including my predictions, my hopes, and my expectations from the meeting. Don't worry if you cannot join live. I'll make the podcast available here, so that you can download and listen to on the flight to Kansas City :)