What is Direct Primary Care (DPC)?
Do you take insurance?
Do I need to become a member to use your services?
How can the DPC model actually save me money?
This model seems very interesting but can I meet with the physician and discuss how this model can personally benefit me?
Great, we love to meet new people. Just call our office or schedule a free 30 minute consultation online. Dr. Hampton would be glad to answer all of your questions in person. Be sure to bring your monthly healthcare costs (medications included) and any questions you have for the Doctor.
Where is your office located?
We are conveniently located inside Rizzo & Wiegering Chiropractic Office at 502 Logan Blvd. Altoona, PA 16602. Our hours vary depending on provider availability. Please check our website or FaceBook page for updated hours. We are always available by phone (814.215.9494)
Can patients with chronic medical conditions benefit from the DPC model?
I do not have any chronic conditions and I do not require routine medical care. How could I benefit from your practice?
Is there a long term commitment with your practice?
I have a family and we already have insurance. Are there any advantages for us in your model?
Is Direct Primary Care the same as Concierge Medicine?
What are the fees associated with becoming a member?
What services are included with the monthly membership fee?
Who do I contact after hours if I have an emergency?
What if I am unable to come into the office for a visit secondary to an illness or family emergency?
How do I sign up?
Can we get medications on site?
Do we get discounts on labs?
Do we get discounts on imaging?
When do I pay for labs and non- covered services (i.e. in house meds)?
What if I need to see a specialist or if I become hospitalized?
Can I use my FSA or HSA account to pay for any of your services?
I already have insurance. What can the DPC model do for me?
Do you take patients with Medicare or Medicaid?
As of now, we can not take patients with Medicare or Medicaid. This will change in the future. We would love to take down your information so you can be part of our DPC Family one day! Dr. Hampton is passionate about cost-effective, patient-centered care and he truly believes that Medicare patients can save a significant amount of money with this model.
Do I still need to have insurance if I become a member?
Why would I pay for insurance and also for this model?
Are there any exemptions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in regards to Direct Primary Care?
Just so you know
What are your opinions on Holistic Medicine?
First and foremost, Dr. Hampton practices traditional Family Medicine utilizing medications and surgery when appropriate. Dr. Hampton has training in Osteopathic Medicine and is currently expanding his knowledge to include certifications in Functional Medicine. He believes that an integrative approach that encompasses traditional Family Medicine blended with alternative therapies can produce superior patient outcomes. He is passionate about reviewing current medication lists while trying to minimize the use of medications that are not beneficial to the patient. This model gives the patient time to understand their illness while also exploring adjunctive therapies.
I noticed the physician is a D.O. And not an M.D. Is there any difference between the two?
What about vaccines?
Dr. Hampton does recommend the current vaccine schedule that is published by the American Academy of Family Practice. However, we do recognize the current issues with vaccination and respect opinions on both sides of this debate. We will respect the wishes of our patients regarding their individual decisions.
I have forms that need filled out. Is there a quicker, SIMPLER way to get these done?
Do you utilize any other technology based products within your practice?
An independent academic reviewer looked at claims data and found that patients in a direct primary care practice working with a large union trust in Atlantic City NJ had 25% lower outpatient utilization, 48% less ER visits, and 41% fewer hospital admissions than patients in a matched control group. This translated into a 12.3% net lower total cost of care, even after taking into account the higher primary care costs than in usual practices.
% Change with utilizilation of DPC
A study of the DPC Clinic Qliance revealed the following changes when utilizing
the DPC Model
-35% fewer hospitalizations
-65% Emergency Department visits
-66% fewer specialist visits
-82% fewer surgeries