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New Florida Law Makes it Easier for Doctors to Offer Direct Primary Care Agreements Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

Late last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill (HB 37) allowing physicians, chiropractors and group practices to sign direct primary care agreements (DPC) with patients without having to worry about violating insurance laws.

Such agreements are becoming increasingly popular. According to a survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly 3 percent of family physicians operated under DPC in 2017.

The legislation does not specify how much can be charged, or what services can be provided. It simply amends Florida's insurance code to make it clear that direct primary care agreements do not violate insurance regulations. It does, however, require direct primary care contracts to be in writing and to describe the scope of services to be covered.

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