Data in Direct Primary Care

I just wrapped up presenting at the American Academy of Family Physicians' annual Direct Primary Care Summit. The subject? Data in (direct) primary care. Not to spoil the whole piece, but we've worked for a long time to try to measure and prove quality in primary...

6 Ways Doctors Assess Causes of Fatigue

Chalk it up to whatever you want — a night of tossing and turning, being sick, feeling stressed at work — but we’ve all been there: absolutely bone-tired. Concerns about fatigue often bring people into my office. And it’s often hard to pinpoint exactly what’s behind...

Goal-Making 101 & A Look at KCDPC’s Goals for 2019

Every year there is this bizarre pressure to set goals with the changing of the calendar.  It’s as if flipping that number at the end of the year give some power to our willpower. As if we are stronger because there’s a more monumental change.  As if the changing of...

The Stomach Flu: A Bullet-Point Rundown

Medical name: gastroenteritis, colitis, or gastritis Major symptoms: fever, vomiting, and frequent, watery (usually nonbloody) diarrhea Caused by: most commonly caused by norovirus in adults and rotavirus in kids under 2; it can also be caused by food poisoning...

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January Newsletter

Happy new year!  And happy birthday to us!  Exactly one year ago we opened our doors as Kansas City Direct Primary Care.  I only saw one patient that day, but that one visit was huge: I helped prevent an unnecessary ER visit for a family.  Since that small victory a...

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The Flu: A Bullet-Point Rundown

Medical name: influenza Major symptoms: body aches, fevers and chills, and generally feeling terrible (usually not associated with upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea). Caused by: three varieties of influenza -- influenza A, B and C.  Influenza A varieties are...

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‘Tis the season for getting sick!

When we all move indoors -- and the temperature drops outside -- the rate of pesky illness goes way, way up!  I’ll talk about colds, flu, and the stomach flu individually over the next few blog posts, but there are a few things to know before we start: Colds,...

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