Primary Care Services

Patients Say Primary Care Access Pushes Health Industry Growth

May 31, 2017 - Patients agree that primary care access is key to improving the healthcare industry, and they want to see better support for patients and primary care physicians, according to a survey from Health is Primary, a campaign hosted by Family Medicine for America’s Health. Eighty-six percent of the nearly 23,000 survey respondents agreed that access to primary care can improve health outcomes,...

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CMS Primary Care Models Drive Modest Patient Experience Gains

by Sara Heath

Primary care medical home models, such as the CMS Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative, have a modestly positive effect on patient experience scores, highlighting the value of these programs for improving patient care, according to a study...

Does the ACA Drive Patient Access to Primary Preventive Care?

by Sara Heath

Healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of patients receiving primary preventive care, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. “A major goal of the Affordable Care...

How Clinician Guidance Aids Patient-Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

Clinicians need better guidance about patient-provider communication to help facilitate stronger shared decision-making, patient goal-setting, and clinician advice-giving, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Board...

Study Finds Patient Primary Care Appointment Access Still High

by Sara Heath

Despite industry concerns over the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on primary care appointment access, patients are seeing more open appointments than in years previous, according to a research note published in JAMA Internal Medicine....

PCPs Instrumental in Basic Palliative Care, Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Primary care providers may be helpful in extending basic palliative care services to patients managing chronic illness and nearing the end of life, shows a recent study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. According...

How PCPs Can Improve Mental Health Communication, Care Value

by Sara Heath

In order to improve communication about mental health issues and raise the quality of primary care, providers should consider taking their time with the patient and letting the patient guide the conversation, indicates a study published in the...

HHS Funds Facility Expansion to Boost Patient Access to Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a total of $260 million worth of funding toward the renovation of various primary care facilities, helping to improve care quality and patient access to care, according to a press...

Why Patient-Centered Care Coordination Must Start with PCPs

by Sara Heath

As value-based reimbursement makes patient-centered care coordination a serious financial advantage, primary care providers must take on a greater role in patient management and preventative care delivery.   Becoming a centralized hub for...


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