primary care

Quality and Experience of Outpatient Care in the United States for Adults With or Without Primary Care

Question  How do the quality and experience of outpatient care differ between adults with or without an endorsed source of primary care?

Findings  In this nationally representative survey study of 49 286 adults with and 21 133 adults without primary care, Americans with primary care received significantly more high-value care (4 of 5 composites), received slightly more low-value care (3 of 4 composites), and reported significantly better health care access and experience. These differences were stable from 2002 to 2014.

News Author: 
David Levine, MD, MPH, MA

Resolve to Make regular checkups

News Author: 
Taylor Stuck

Bellin Health builds primary-care teams to boost physician, patient satisfaction

Nearly five years ago, leaders at Bellin Health in Green Bay, Wis., recognized that their employed primary-care physicians were burning out at least partyl due to too many hours spent on recordkeeping and not enough on direct patient care. In addition, nurses and other staffers besides physicians felt their skills weren't being fully utilized. Quality scores had plateaued, with significant variation between primaty-care sites.

News Author: 
Harris Meyer

How peer support boosts the patient-centered medical home model

Peers for Progress reports opportunities, challenges for community health workers

As patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) continue to gain steam, a new report reinforces the fact that the model's mission of lowering costs and improving access to care relies on the use of peer support from community health workers (CHWs).

News Author: 
Leslie Small

20 Years of Transformation in Primary Care

Before the explosion of managed care, electronic health records (EHRs), hospital mega-mergers, and just before the rise of hospitalists, primary care physicians had a very different role.

Leaders in the field who have practiced over several decades have different ideas about what has had the biggest effect in the last 20 years, but all agree they see their careers very differently than they did in 1995.

News Author: 
Marcia Frellick

Peer Support Shown to Relieve Community Health Burdens, Reduce Costs and Improve Access to Care

Report Focuses on Primary Care Settings and the Patient-Centered Medical Home

May 27, 2015

Patients have an important role to play in ensuring they get good medical care

When 62-year-old Rod Larson of Minneapolis was found to have a rapidly worsening bacterial skin infection, his primary care doctor immediately sent him to the hospital.

On arrival, Larson was put in a room and examined by a physician assistant. He didn’t stop at the admissions office because his information and treatment orders already had been placed into the hospital computer system.

PCPCC Names Recipients for 2015 Advanced Primary Care Leadership Awards

Calvin Sia, MD, Christine Sinsky, MD, and Melinda Abrams, MS, to receive awards at PCPCC Annual Fall Conference Awards Dinner

WASHINGTON – Today the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) announced the recipients of its 2015 leadership awards. Dr. Calvin Sia will receive the group’s prestigious Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award during PCPCC’s Annual Awards Dinner at its Fall Conference on Nov. 11, 2015. Dr. Sia is a retired primary care pediatrician who spent much of his career advancing the medical home concept in his home state of Hawaii as well as nationally and internationally.

What a doctor can learn from being a patient

An internist’s cancer scare helps show her how care can be improved.

As an internist and infectious disease physician, I am, unfortunately, often the one who has to deliver bad news to patients and their families. But this time, as I sat in the urologist’s office in January, the dreaded words were directed at me: “You likely have cancer.”

News Author: 
Judith Steinberg

Patient-Centered Medical Home Complements Healthcare Reform

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model challenges primary care providers to raise the bar on care coordination, population health management, clinical analytics, and access to care, but healthcare organizations that undertake these important quality transformations are usually left to foot the bill themselves.  In a reimbursement landscape that remains, for the most part, rooted in fee-for-service payment, the incentive to pay out of pocket for these massive and costly changes can be hard to find.

News Author: 
Jennifer Bresnick


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