An Alternate Approach to Primary Care: Bucks County Integrative Medicine Champions Membership-Based Medical

by Carrie Jackson and Karen G. Meshkov

crg_bcim_juliahelstrom_1016_1When Julia Helstrom, DO, founded the Bucks County Center for Integrative Medicine (BCIM) this past year, it was because she imagined a better way for primary care. Before landing back in Doylestown, she was working 70 hours a week as a Family Medicine osteopath at a busy Philadelphia clinic and feeling increasingly disappointed with the limits of the traditional doctor-patient experience, as well as with the outcomes resulting from that relationship. When it came time to open her own practice, Helstrom knew that she wanted to pursue an alternative path being taken up by other forward-thinking, independent physicians—a subscription-based practice model known as “direct primary care” (DPC).

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