“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.