General Questions 

 

What is Direct Primary Care (DPC)?


Direct Primary Care is an innovative approach to health care that encompasses all aspects of Family Medicine utilizing a cost-effective monthly membership fee.




Do you take insurance?


No, we do not bill your insurance; but, insurance can still be utilized to obtain medications, labs, and/or diagnostic imaging. However, Hampton Medical DPC has negotiated wholesale pricing for the above items and those savings are passed directly to our members! This model is very similar to a Sam’s Club Membership; we buy in bulk and pass the savings onto our patients.




Do I need to become a member to use your services?


Yes, our practice is dedicated to a limited amount of patients. This model allows us to get to know each of our patients on a personal basis. Our practice is capped at ~ 700 patients; unlike the 2500 patients a traditional family doctor has to manage.




How can the DPC model actually save me money?


Briefly stated, we offer wholesale pricing on generic medications through our in-house pharmacy. We also offer discounted labs that can be conveniently drawn at our office if you prefer. Savings can be up to 80% the majority of the time! Remember, there are unlimited visits and no copays at Hampton DPC! In addition, this model blends perfectly with a high deductible plan as we can take care of up to 80% of all your healthcare needs. Switching to a high deductible plan can lower your monthly premium and that alone can cover the cost of your monthly membership fee




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?


Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension are managed more effectively through better coordinated, longitudinal, preventive primary care such as that provided by direct primary care practices.




I do not have any chronic conditions and I do not require routine medical care. How could I benefit from your practice?


That is a great question and we have many answers for you. Apart from saving you time going to the doctor, we can also focus on lifestyle changes. Preventative health care allows us to find issues before they develop into problems. This is much easier when you develop a long-standing relationship with your physician. In addition, there is a significant amount of information in the digital world when it comes to health and wellness. Dr. Hampton is well versed in all the current trends and topics; he loves to educate his patients and assist them in navigating through all the information. Accordingly, if something comes up whether at home or traveling then we are just a phone call away. Our model is also designed to promote wellness as opposed to only treating disease.




Is there a long term commitment with your practice?


Simply put, if you are unhappy with any aspect of your services here at Hampton Medical then you can cancel your membership. However, the Registration Fee is non-refundable.




I have a family and we already have insurance. Are there any advantages for us in your model?


Absolutely! We love to take care of entire families and we offer a discounted rate to do so. Aside from saving you money, we take pride in saving you time. Sick visits are much easier in the DPC model. We might even be able to take care of your problem right over the phone with the use of technology (i.e video conferencing, camera phones,texts). This added convenience can be very beneficial in today’s busy world.




Is Direct Primary Care the same as Concierge Medicine?


No, although some individuals use these terms interchangeably, these two models have distinct differences. Simply put, DPC allows all individuals to benefit from this model. Whether you are a blue collar worker or a professional; our pricing reflects the desire to help all individuals, including the uninsured. In addition, Direct Primary Care permits the Physician to pass on wholesale medication and discounted lab pricing to patients! Concierge type practices are unable to sell wholesale medications and lab services. Direct Primary Care is able to do this because we don’t take insurance.





 

Membership Questions

What is Direct Primary Care (DPC)?


Direct Primary Care is an innovative approach to health care that encompasses all aspects of Family Medicine utilizing a cost-effective monthly membership fee.




Do you take insurance?


No, we do not bill your insurance; but, insurance can still be utilized to obtain medications, labs, and/or diagnostic imaging. However, Hampton Medical DPC has negotiated wholesale pricing for the above items and those savings are passed directly to our members! This model is very similar to a Sam’s Club Membership; we buy in bulk and pass the savings onto our patients.




Do I need to become a member to use your services?


Yes, our practice is dedicated to a limited amount of patients. This model allows us to get to know each of our patients on a personal basis. Our practice is capped at ~ 700 patients; unlike the 2500 patients a traditional family doctor has to manage.




How can the DPC model actually save me money?


Briefly stated, we offer wholesale pricing on generic medications through our in-house pharmacy. We also offer discounted labs that can be conveniently drawn at our office if you prefer. Savings can be up to 80% the majority of the time! Remember, there are unlimited visits and no copays at Hampton DPC! In addition, this model blends perfectly with a high deductible plan as we can take care of up to 80% of all your healthcare needs. Switching to a high deductible plan can lower your monthly premium and that alone can cover the cost of your monthly membership fee




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?


Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension are managed more effectively through better coordinated, longitudinal, preventive primary care such as that provided by direct primary care practices.




I do not have any chronic conditions and I do not require routine medical care. How could I benefit from your practice?


That is a great question and we have many answers for you. Apart from saving you time going to the doctor, we can also focus on lifestyle changes. Preventative health care allows us to find issues before they develop into problems. This is much easier when you develop a long-standing relationship with your physician. In addition, there is a significant amount of information in the digital world when it comes to health and wellness. Dr. Hampton is well versed in all the current trends and topics; he loves to educate his patients and assist them in navigating through all the information. Accordingly, if something comes up whether at home or traveling then we are just a phone call away. Our model is also designed to promote wellness as opposed to only treating disease.




Is there a long term commitment with your practice?


Simply put, if you are unhappy with any aspect of your services here at Hampton Medical then you can cancel your membership. However, the Registration Fee is non-refundable.




I have a family and we already have insurance. Are there any advantages for us in your model?


Absolutely! We love to take care of entire families and we offer a discounted rate to do so. Aside from saving you money, we take pride in saving you time. Sick visits are much easier in the DPC model. We might even be able to take care of your problem right over the phone with the use of technology (i.e video conferencing, camera phones,texts). This added convenience can be very beneficial in today’s busy world.




Is Direct Primary Care the same as Concierge Medicine?


No, although some individuals use these terms interchangeably, these two models have distinct differences. Simply put, DPC allows all individuals to benefit from this model. Whether you are a blue collar worker or a professional; our pricing reflects the desire to help all individuals, including the uninsured. In addition, Direct Primary Care permits the Physician to pass on wholesale medication and discounted lab pricing to patients! Concierge type practices are unable to sell wholesale medications and lab services. Direct Primary Care is able to do this because we don’t take insurance.





 

Insurance Questions

Quem pode fazer os cursos?


Todos! Nossos cursos visam à democratização da educação e da ciência. Sendo assim, todos são bem vindos!




Sou estudante acadêmico: estes cursos servem para mim?


Sim! Estes cursos são muito recomendados para quem é das áreas: - Biologia - Veterinária - Engenharia ambiental - Oceanografia - Qualquer outra área conectada à ambiental Além disso, você poderá usar os certificados para comprovar horas complementares e também como provar sua capacitação na área.




Sou estudante do Ensino Médio: estes cursos são recomendados para mim?


Sim! Nossos cursos visam a democratização das ciências marinhas!Alunos do ensino médio são muito bem vindos! Aqui você terá acesso ao conteúdos similares aos dos cursos de Graduação em Biologia. Os conteúdos aqui abordados também são muito frequentes em provas do Enem e em vestibulares.




Quanto tempo duram os cursos?


A carga horária total é de 12h. Ao final você receberá seu certificado pela própria plataforma. Você pode fazer no seu tempo, sem pressa! Seu acesso tem a validade de 1 ano a partir da compra.




Sou estudante de outra área: estes cursos servem para mim?


Sim! Nossos cursos visam a democratização das ciências marinhas! Estes cursos são muito recomendados para qualquer pessoa que tenha interesse na área ambiental marinha.




Estes cursos possuem certificados válidos?


Sim! Os cursos oferecem um certificado de conclusão de 12h, emitido automaticamente pela própria plataforma EaD, assinado pelo Prof. Dr. Douglas Peiró, Diretor Geral do Instituto de Biologia Marinha Bióicos. Além disso, você poderá usar os certificados para comprovar horas complementares e também como provar sua capacitação na área.





 

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?


Both types of physicians can specialize in family medicine and prescribe medications as well as perform minor outpatient procedures. A Doctor of Osteopathic (D.O.) Medicine has extra training in the musculoskeletal system and performs Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) to help alleviate pain and improve function. This form of therapy is provided free of charge for our members (subject to limitations).




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?


Absolutely, we recommend all of our patients download “Adobe Fill and Sign” as an app on your phone. You can take a picture of the document and fill it out on your phone. The form can be emailed to us and we will forward it to the appropriate person.




Do you utilize any other technology based products within your practice?


Our Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is designed for Direct Primary Care and therefore the system offers extensive connections with various exercise apps. (i.e. Fitbit etc…) We can link your FitBit into our EMR and have a productive conversation about exercise and physical activity.





 

Statistics

Savings

 

Claims DatA

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

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