Solving for X at XPC Retreat - Winter 2022
Several months ago, Paulius and I decided that our multiple hours-long calls each week discussing primary care weren’t enough, so we rented a cabin to spend a solid 48 hours riffing on topics of interest and hashing out big ideas. As we’ve expanded our network, we decided that having more people join and engage with us during retreat would only add to the fun and value of our dedicated time. This past weekend, we had our third retreat which, for the first time, involved a couple of in-person attendees as well as many virtual attendees.
XPC Virtual Rounds
A gathering of primary care minds at XPC Virtual Rounds sparked some fascinating conversation about many topics. Here are some highlights:
What does primary care mean in the changing health care landscape?
Relationships at the core
What can we unlearn about primary care?
The function of referrals
Undoing fragmentation of care
Incentivizing preventive behaviors differently
What would you do with $1m to improve primary care?
Educate patients to be better consumers of health
Bundling DPC physicians with insurance
Enabling patients and care givers to practice at the “top of their license”
Which policy changes have a meaningful impact on primary care?
Health savings accounts in DPC
Health data and privacy
Health system ownership of PCPs
Innovation requires thinking about the future. For us, the future includes those in the medical education pipeline. We announced our scholarship at retreat and presented it to its first recipient, Zac Schulman, a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Our goal with the scholarship is to empower medical students and residents who have a desire to learn about the changing world of primary care and challenge the limitations of our current system.
XPC Virtual Social Hours
We also had a few virtual sessions which weren’t recorded to allow for a more relaxed conversation.
Phil Eskew, DO, JD, MBA, one of the smartest people we know and all-around awesome person, flexed all his degrees by guiding us through stimulating discussion on medical, legal, and business topics.
The notorious Nikhil Krishnan dropped by with some memes, wisdom, and wisdom through memes. He’s been doing incredible work over at Out of Pocket and both Paulius and I are big fans of his content.
As our network has grown, we’ve found more and more people are looking for a space to network and discuss all aspects of primary care. Therefore, we plan to open the door even wider for Spring Retreat by having more in person attendees as well as virtual discussion. Tentative plan: May 5-7 in Virginia. Feel free to reach out if you have any interest in sponsoring or joining. Stay tuned for more info!