Tag Archives: Primary Care

Physician Workforce Trends And Their Implications For Spending Growth

In an era when we might have expected rapid primary care physician growth, the share of the physician workforce devoted to primary care actually decreased from 44 percent to 37 percent, and the number of primary care physicians per capita has remained roughly flat.

July 28, 2017

Interest In Early Childhood Health Leads To Three Funders Working Together

One pathway to preventing and reducing poverty-related adversity in early childhood is to build the capacity of pediatric primary care providers to identify nonmedical threats to young children's health and to connect families to appropriate social services. Three funders in New York City are...

July 11, 2017

Moving The Needle On Primary Care: Covered California’s Strategy To Lower Costs And Improve Quality

Covered California, a state health insurance exchange, has taken advantage of its role as a purchaser to work with health plans and clinicians to implement policies to emphasize and enhance the role of primary care.

June 14, 2017

This Intervention Helps Underserved Women Access Needed Postpartum Care

Pregnancy and the postpartum period present an opportunity for providers to improve the health trajectories of women by connecting them to health care, helping them manage chronic conditions, and setting them and their children on the road to a healthier future.

June 5, 2017

Investment In Primary Care Is Needed To Achieve The Triple Aim

While primary care faces funding shortfalls and payment mechanisms hinder transformation that improves value, there is much to learn from the experience of Rhode Island’s statewide payment innovation model and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

May 10, 2017

The Payment Reform Landscape: The Potential Value Of Aligning High-Value Benefit Designs With Payment Reforms

While payment reform efforts are proliferating, one thing we see often is a mismatch between the incentives offered to health care providers and those offered to their patients, who may not be driven to seek care from practices that have restructured to provide higher value care.

April 4, 2017

Can Community Health Centers Fill The Health Care Void Left By Defunding Planned Parenthood?

Despite the health benefits and cost savings that flow from family planning, there can be little doubt that withdrawal of federal funding from excluded providers will adversely affect access to care.

January 27, 2017

Bridging The Dental Divide: Overcoming Barriers To Integrating Oral Health And Primary Care

American systems of oral and systemic health---training, licensure, service delivery, and insurance---continue to operate in parallel. A growing evidence base points to the cost and quality shortfalls associated with having separate systems treat the same person.

January 19, 2017

Project ECHO: The Evidence Is Catching Up With The Enthusiasm

While it’s true that the spread of ECHO has outpaced the publication of the research exploring it, it is critical here to clarify what ECHO is -- and what it isn’t.

January 13, 2017

Project ECHO: Enthusiasm Overtakes Evidence

ECHO may be a silver bullet, but at this point the hopes for the model seem a bit overheated and greater caution can help us focus more on learning and refinement for now, preventing a later catastrophic disappointment.

January 3, 2017