DPC: 4 Key Metrics You Should Track

Being a part of a direct primary care practice has many benefits. One of the major benefits is the freedom you get from filing endless insurance claims and having to keep up with all of the documentation associated with insurance. However, there is still some documentation you should keep up with, and that is involved with tracking key metrics.

There are 4 key metrics that a DPC practice should be tracking and analyzing:

Metric 1: Patient Panel Size

Measuring the number of patients that belong to your practice is one of the easiest metrics to manage. You should aim for steady growth until you reach the panel size that’s comfortable and manageable for you.

Metric 2: Clinical Measures

To truly help your patient population, it’s important to be vigilant and constantly monitor clinical measures for patients with chronic conditions. By continually keeping track of them, you can prioritize which patients need outreach immediately and which ones are doing well, which is essential for busy DPC doctors. By keeping track of these measures, you can easily report on outcomes to employers and other partners. One reliable way to track these metrics is by using a patient-facing tracking app that syncs with your workflows.

Metric 3: Time Spent Per Patient

To make sure that you’re spending the right amount of time with each patient that comes in, tracking time spent per patient is essential. This way, you can make sure you’re on track or make any changes that are necessary to meet your goals.

Metric 4: Treatment Plan Adherence

Once you’re working in direct primary care, you want to make sure you’re keeping track of how well your patients are following through with their treatment plans. This means keeping track of if they’re taking their medications, exercising regularly, and everything in between.

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