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Primary care is at the heart of the care delivery system. Over three-quarters of the general population only require primary care services in a given year. Yet primary care rates have been declining in recent years. Such a contrast...
Visits to primary care doctors have been falling for decades in the U.S., and rising out-of-pocket costs are the main, although not the only, reason why. That is the conclusion of two recent studies of trends in visits to primary care...
Good news, kind of. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the United States reversed a three-year decline in life expectancy in 2018, thanks to gains made in combating opioid deaths and to improved...
The United States ranks lower in many healthcare measures than other similarly developed nations, an issue that can largely be credited to poor access to primary or preventive care, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund....
Good news, kind of. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the United States reversed a three-year decline in life expectancy in 2018, thanks to gains made in combating opioid deaths and to improved...
Efforts across the U.S. in recent years to encourage medical students, nurse practitioners and others to go into primary care, especially in underserved areas, are built on a consensus in research: Primary care is good for patients. "It's...
The nurse practitioner workforce more than doubled over a seven-year span as the healthcare industry ramps up primary care, according to new research. The number of NPs grew at an unprecedented rate across major professions from around 91...
January 30, 2020 (WASHINGTON, DC) – The Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) today announced the appointment of Darilyn Moyer, MD, FACP; Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American College of Physicians (ACP), as Chair of...
Despite having fewer doctors, U.S. health spending totals more than $10,000 per person per year, mainly due to private insurance costs (premiums and employer-sponsored coverage) the report found. At $4,092 per capita, American private...
At the heart of his biggest health care initiative as governor, Charlie Baker is proposing a fundamental shift in how Massachusetts delivers care. Baker has called for new mandates to increase the amount of money health care providers and...
When Michigan elected to expand its Medicaid coverage, the state customized its program to emphasize primary care and preventive health services. Studies are showing the approach is paying off for patients. The Healthy Michigan Plan,...
Is there an optimal number of patients that primary care physicians should care for? Turns out there isn’t enough evidence to draw any conclusions, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. After reviewing 28...
What would a better health care system for all Americans be like? This is the question that the American College of Physicians (ACP) has been asking of its members since July 2018, when the ACP Board of Regents asked ACP's Health and...
The healthcare industry has in earnest attempted to transform not only clinical outcomes, but also the financial aspect of care for about a decade now. Yet progress with the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs) has been slow,...
Some people spend $200 a month on the golf course or on a fancy cable TV package, says David Westbrook, a hospital executive in Kansas City, Mo. His splurge? He pays Dr. John Dunlap $133 a month for what he considers exceptional primary...
Millions of Americans are receiving medical treatments, tests, and procedures that are either wasteful or ineffective every single year. These services, dubbed as “low-value health care,” are defined as services for which the potential for...
The number of Americans who have a primary care doctor is shrinking -- with potential consequences for their health, researchers say. Their new study found that in 2015, an estimated 75% of Americans had a primary care provider -- down...
The Colorado Primary Care Payment Reform Collaboraitve just published its first recommendations report. This report will guide Colorado in its primary care reform attempts throughout the year of 2020 and contains detailed information on...
A new study from the Health Care Cost Institute study show slightly declining rates of primary care spending as a share of total spending. The research letter, published December 10th in JAMA, analyzed employer-sponsored insurance data...
The Issue A strong primary care system can help prevent illness, manage patient care across multiple providers, and reduce health care costs. Essential to such a system is effective communication. To address patients’ needs, primary care...

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