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Does direct care count as insurance? Direct Primary Care (DPC) is not regulated as health insurance.  Federal law does not consider a standalone DPC to be health insurance and only 24 states exempt DPC practices from the regulatory authority of their insurance code. What does direct primary care mean? Direct Primary Care is a service […]

COVID-19 Questions and Answers

We know that all the information swirling around can be overwhelming. There are countless news articles, graphics, research papers, and social media posts about the COVID-19 pandemic that is changing our world. And, it is hard to know what to believe. Next Direct has spent hours participating in scientific webinars and reading evidence-based research. The goal […]


Drug prices continue to be the fastest growing cost in healthcare, with brand medication prescriptions increasing by 98.2% since 2011. Citing major drivers of increased pharmacy spend have been new treatment medications, compounded medications, the consolidation of brand and generic drug manufacturers, and supply chain shortages. These challenges are unprecedented and expected to increase in the […]


The cost of healthcare continues to rise. In fact, “healthcare benefit costs are rising at two times the rate of wage increases and three times general inflation. Making this trend unaffordable and unsustainable over the long term,” according to a recent publication by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The total cost of healthcare, including premiums and out-of-pocket […]

Reducing Drug Costs Proactively

Prescription drug costs are rising in the U.S. leading to higher health insurance costs and access issues for your employees. As as a result, Americans are finding it difficult to afford medications which leads to dangerous consequences. Also, pushing employers into reducing drug costs proactively. “In a 2013 survey, one in five adults in the U.S. said they failed to complete a […]