High-intensity primary care may help lower costs and improve quality

“High-intensity” primary care, a model of care similar to the Patient-Centered Medical Home specifically for patients with chronic and multiple conditions, shows promise in lowering costs and improving quality, according to a press release by the National Institute for Healthcare Reform. 

According to  the release, researchers reviewed six high intensity primary care practices.  Key findings include:

  • Physician recruitment in this type of program requires a lot of work; 
  • Allowing PCPs some say in the patients who are selected to the program can improve physician engagement;
  • Some patients were reluctant to join the programs if they thought that it was being run by their insurance company or their employer;
  • Financial incentives may get patients to sign up, but they do not guarantee that patients will stay with the program.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://www.advisory.com, October 8, 2012; National Institute for Healthcare Reform, http://www.nihcr.org/, October 2012)