Chapter 1: A Purchaser's Guide to Direct and Semi-Direct Contracting

Take a peek at our 300-Level Online Course

Are you curious about whether a direct-semi direct contract is feasible? Are you considering a direct or semi-direct contract but unsure of what the next steps are?

This first chapter of our 300-level course sets the stage to answer these questions.

This sample chapter also includes a bonus discount for new students!


  1. Definitions of traditional purchasing, direct contracting and semi-direct contracting
  2. Common challenges currently faced by employers with the traditional model


Our content is designed to fit into your busy work day and engage different types of learners. The course will include:

In addition to other materials and additional resources.


This first chapter will take 20-30 minutes of your time. You will only be able to access course content for 60 days after enrollment.

Your Instructor

Suzanne Delbanco
Suzanne Delbanco

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling in our free first chapter of the 300-Level Direct Contracting Course, you have 90 days to review the content.
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Who is Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR)?
Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) is is an independent, nonprofit corporation on a mission to help employers and other health care purchasers get better value for their health care dollar. CPR seeks to empower health care purchasers who want to proactively improve how the way the health care market functions. CPR is a member-based organization that derives its momentum from our CPR membership, a group of 30+ progressive employers. In addition to our membership, we design offerings to meet the needs of a range of purchasers, including education, tools, research, and events. As a mission-driven organization, we are committed to providing the bulk of our resources to employers and health care purchasers for free, as their willingness to be a catalyst is critical to success. Register as a purchaser and gain access here. Catalyst for Payment Reform is a 501c3 that is funded through foundations, grants, membership dues, and revenue generated from our offerings that help preserve our sustainability.
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