Hello To My DPC Colleagues!
I was greatly honored two years ago when the DPC Alliance was founded and you chose me to sit on its advisory board. I am humbled to have been nominated to stand for re-election this year.
For those who do not know me, I am a native of Portland, Maine. I graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1992. From there, I completed family practice residency at the Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL. After serving a total of seven years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, I returned to my hometown to take over the primary care practice of my father, Louis Ciampi, M.D. upon his retirement in 1999.
Our practice, originally founded in 1959, has had a few different addresses and has made many transitions. In April 2013, I opted out of all third party payments and started seeing patients on a cash fee for service basis. In January 2014, we started transitioning to Direct Primary Care. After 3 years, the transformation was complete. My staff, family, patients, and I could not be happier with where we now are.
I have been a vocal advocate for direct pay models over the past few years. I have been featured on local and national television and radio shows (Fox and Friends, Huckabee (Fox News Channel), Varney and Co. (Fox Business Channel), and CNN. I have spoken at national conferences, such as AAPS Thrive, Not Just Survive and DPC Nuts and Bolts. I have been proud to be on the leading edge of the DPC movement.
On a more local and regional level, I helped to found the New England DPC Alliance. I am currently that organization’s president-elect. I have testified before legislative committees at the Maine State House in support of two successful bills to recognize that DPC is not health insurance, and to make it illegal for insurance companies to deny or reduce payments for referrals based on the fact that they were made by DPC physicians. I am also a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.
In addition to membership in the premiere regional and national DPC organizations, I am also a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and the Association of Independent Doctors (AID). It is my hope that my involvement in all these groups will promote cooperation between these organizations that share many common goals, to promote the doctor/patient relationship by advocating for direct payment models and supporting policies that preserve independent practices.
I thank you for your time, and would appreciate your support in sending me back to the DPCA board of advisors.
Michael A. Ciampi, M.D