Advanced Primary Care (APC) is a rising disruptor to the fee-for-service model. It’s defined by holistic care teams guided by a primary care provider, longer care visits, one-stop shops, professional health coaches – all good for the patient but in a fee-for-service environment, not so good for the bottom line. In the APC model, doctors are paid by monthly fees per member, which gives providers the time and energy to focus more on the patient in front of them. The benefits to large, self-funded employers are especially apparent.
APC promises to lower costs while improving outcomes – the golden chalice of healthcare. Large employers are taking notice of the potential upsides and leading the way, creating some noticeable traction.