Primary Need for Primary Care

by RaeAnne Marsh

unitedhealth-group-reformIn its report “Advancing Primary Care Delivery: Practical, Proven and Scalable Approaches,” UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform & Modernization cites new research that shows a clear relationship between more primary care physicians practicing in a local healthcare market and lower rates of avoidable hospital admissions and emergency department visits.

The report examines existing best practices and key solutions that — if expanded at scale — can help close the primary care gap and improve care delivery, including:

  • Implementing innovative payment models that reward value.
  • Expanding the roles of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
  • Assembling multidisciplinary care teams to deliver care more efficiently.
  • Using electronic health records and other health information technology (HIT) to share information across the delivery system in real time.

“Primary care is essential to building a higher-performing healthcare system that promotes personal well-being and saves consumers and taxpayers money,” says Richard Migliori, M.D., executive vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer of UnitedHealth Group.

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