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Continuing the Conversation

Grace Torres-Hodges


On 5/25/22 we featured

Grace Torres-Hodges, DPM, MBA, FACPM, FASPS

Owner/Founder Torres Hodges Podiatry

The Hidden Promise of Direct Specialty Care Relationships

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Every Wednesday your Freedom Hub (founded by Jeff Kanter and Charles Frohman) hosts two Zoom calls. One is at 4pm, the other at 7pm. The 4pm call is eclectic (often regarding our liberties…or disappearing liberties) and the 7pm usually is centered around practitioners who use a cash-based practice and what they do. These are recorded and archived. There are over 90 to date!

Patients and employers increasingly know of the benefits of a relationship with their physician in a subscription based, Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice.  There is no pressure to rush the appointment or over-utilize drugs or treatments, or to inflate reimbursements.  DPC gives doctors a chance to expand their own training, and to offer more integrated services to meet customer demands.  The result:  Both parties achieve happiness.


But what about specialists?  Is there room in this free market system for specialists to develop direct relationships with patients and develop broader practices and happier parties in the process?

Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges, a board certified podiatrist and foot surgeon, is a Direct Specialty Care (DSC) physician.  She has proven the concept works, and is now advising other doctors how to join the free market solution.  Just as DPCs expand what “primary care” can entail, DSCs allow specialists to thrive in direct care relationships with their patients.  

So, how can direct specialists solve larger health system problems, like overutilization, patient bankruptcy, or physician burnout?  Dr. Grace reviews these issues and more.

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