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Does health care help us live longer?
A widely cited statistic suggests that health care services account for only a small percentage of the variation in American life expectancy. However, the methodology supporting the finding has been challenged. (2019-05-14)

Primary care services account for a small share of Medicare spending, study finds
Some states including Oregon and Rhode Island have begun adopting minimum primary care spending goals because health system orientation toward primary care is associated with higher quality, better outcomes and lower costs. A new study finds that care provided by primary care practitioners accounts for only a small fraction of total spending among Medicare beneficiaries. (2019-04-15)

Report says health systems are key to improving cancer outcomes in the United States
A new report says without a national investment and commitment to transforming health care delivery in the United States, many people will not benefit from the substantial progress made against cancer. (2019-02-20)

Quality, experience of outpatient care in US for adults with or without primary care
Adults who have primary care receive similar amounts of care as adults who don't, but they receive more high-value care, similar low-value care, and report better access and patient experiences. In this analysis, researchers used data from an annual nationally representative survey to compare 49,286 adults with primary care to 21,133 adults without primary care. Health care systems in many countries are organized around primary care, whereas health care in the US is organized around hospitals and specialty care. (2019-01-28)

Why it's so important to have a primary care doctor
Americans with primary care received significantly more high-value care -- such as recommended cancer screenings and flu shots -- and reported better patient experience and healthcare access, compared to those without primary care, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. (2019-01-28)

Invest in a single national electronic health record for primary care to benefit Canadians
Canada should invest in a single national electronic health record for primary care to improve the health of Canadians, argues an editorial in CMAJ. (2019-01-14)

Primary care clinicians' willingness to care for transgender patients
A new survey finds that most family medicine and general internal medicine clinicians are willing to provide routine care for transgender patients. (2018-11-12)

Kids health outcomes have more to do with parents level of education than income
A recent Rutgers study finds that parents educated beyond high school have healthier families, as they invest more in family health care which reduces the likelihood of adverse medical conditions. (2018-10-18)

Media Alert: The Lancet special issue on primary health care
'Primary health care is in crisis... Leadership after the Astana meeting is essential to rejuvenate and revitalise all aspects of primary health care.' -- The Lancet special issue on primary health care marks 40 years since landmark Alma-Ata Declaration. (2018-10-18)

How to improve health care in Canada
Expanding public funding for cost-effective treatments, investing in primary care, embracing technology and engaging patients are some of the ways Canada can improve the quality of health care, according to an analysis in CMAJ. (2018-10-01)

Align funding with innovations in health care to improve patient outcomes
To encourage innovation in health care, governments need to move away from current siloed funding to funding that encourages collaboration among providers in managing patients who need care in a variety of settings, argue the authors of an analysis in CMAJ. (2018-08-13)

Social challenges are associated with poorer health outcomes
Among more than 600,000 primary care patients, half live with some degree of social challenge, which has a negative effect on the quality of care they receive. (2018-05-14)

Patients and caregivers value caring, continuity, and accountability in care transitions
In the transition from hospital to home, patients and caregivers seek clear accountability, continuity, and caring attitudes across the care continuum. One-hundred and thirty-eight patients and 110 family caregivers participating in focus groups and interviews identified three desired outcomes of care transition services: feeling prepared and able to implement care plans, unambiguous accountability from the healthcare system, and feeling cared for and cared about by clinicians. (2018-05-14)

A theoretical model to alleviate primary care strain
Co-management of patients by more than one primary care clinician is among new models of care designed to meet the demand for high quality patient care. A new co-management model lays the groundwork for potential care partnerships between nurse practitioners and physicians. It finds that effective nurse practitioner-physician co-management requires three core attributes: effective communication, mutual respect and trust, and a shared philosophy of care. (2018-05-14)

Roles and functions of community health workers in primary care
Community health workers in primary care provide clinical services, community resource connections, and health education and coaching. As trained individuals with limited or no formal medical education, they are widely considered to have the potential to enhance primary care access and quality, but remain underutilized. (2018-05-14)

Use of quality improvement strategies among US primary care practices
Small- to medium-sized practices with quality improvement systems (e.g., registries) are most likely to use quality improvement strategies. Practices with fewer major disruptions are more likely to use quality improvement strategies to improve cardiovascular preventive services. (2018-04-09)

Health care reform and EHR design should be built around patients' goals
Meaningful reform of primary care should not only address the provision, documentation and payment of care; it should be based on patients' goals for their lives and health, with corresponding redesign of electronic health records. (2018-03-13)

Physicians' work should focus on personalized care, not transactional tasks
Shifting physicians' roles from transactional tasks to personalized care would best serve patients, physicians and society. (2018-03-13)

Patients in primary care networks had fewer visits to ED, shorter stays
Patients receiving care from physicians in primary care networks were less likely to visit emergency departments, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-03-12)

Examining preferences for centralizing cancer surgery services
Centralization of cancer surgery services aims to reduce variations in quality of care and improve health outcomes for patients, but it can also increase travel demands on patients and families. (2018-03-07)

Innovations in primary care: Behavioral approach to treating Opioid use disorder
Innovations in primary care: Behavioral approach to treating Opioid use disorder. (2018-01-09)

New framework for multimorbidity care identifies changes and gaps
Researchers have developed a new framework for reporting and designing models of care for multimorbidity. (2017-11-20)

Lower cost, higher quality primary care practices are distinguished by six attributes
Exploring attributes of high-value primary care. (2017-11-15)

Care homes could overtake hospitals as most common place to die, new research finds
Researchers from King's College London have found that deaths occurring in care homes in England and Wales could more than double in the next 25 years if recent trends continue. (2017-10-10)

Study examines home health care in medicare beneficiaries
According to an analysis published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health services who are dually enrolled in Medicaid, live in a low-income neighborhood, or are Black tend to receive care from lower-quality home health agencies and have higher rates of hospital admissions and visits to the emergency department than other Medicare beneficiaries. (2017-10-04)

High-deductible health care plans curb both cost and usage, including preventive care
A team of researchers based at IUPUI has conducted the first systematic review of studies examining the relationship between high-deductible health care plans and the use of health care services. They found these plans reduce both the cost and the use of health care services, according to an article published in the October issue of the journal Health Affairs. (2017-10-03)

Health and social care changes 'paving way for fewer services' warn experts
Current reforms to health and social care services, and radical redesign of the local government finance system, may signal the end of the NHS and local government in England as we know them, warn experts in The BMJ today. (2017-09-27)

Individuals with developmental disabilities experience health care disparities
This research was published in the September/October 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. (2017-09-12)

Primary care practices use 4 complementary methods to identify high-risk patients
Risk stratified care management -- assigning a patient to a risk category on which care is based -- is increasingly viewed as a way to improve care and reduce costs. This research appears in the September/October 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. (2017-09-12)

How to implement Advance Care Planning for patients
International recommendations for patient care in the last days of life have been drawn up by researchers. Emeritus Professor Sheila Payne from the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University helped conduct the study commissioned by the European Association for Palliative Care and published in The Lancet Oncology. (2017-09-05)

ERs can improve population health in rural areas
Emergency physicians in Michigan propose a new health care delivery model for rural populations that depends on a partnership between emergency medicine and primary care and seeks to reverse the trend of failing health in underserved parts of the country. Their proposal was published online yesterday in Annals of Emergency Medicine ('An Emergency Medicine-Primary Care Partnership to Improve Rural Population Health: Expanding the Role of Emergency Medicine'). (2017-08-10)

Low Medicaid rates limit beneficiaries' access to assisted living facilities
A new study by RTI International found that low Medicaid payment rates for services in assisted living and similar settings discourage residential care providers from serving Medicaid beneficiaries, which limits their access to community-based residential care. (2017-08-07)

Insured patients have limited access to behavioral health care
This article is published in the July/August 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. Article link will go live at 5 p.m. ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

Call for the creation of chief primary care medical officer in hospitals
This article appears in the July/August 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. Article link goes live at 5 p.m. ET, July 10. (2017-07-10)

Amenable death in Europe: Health care expenditure decreases mortality rates
The June issue of Health Affairs includes an analysis of amenable mortality rates -- rates of deaths that are potentially preventable with available health care treatment options -- in 17 European countries, which found that higher health care expenditure was associated with lower amenable mortality and with smaller absolute inequalities in amenable mortality. (2017-06-05)

Allina Health shares LifeCourse model at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
In an Allina Health study, the LifeCourse care model improved patient experience and reduced costs for people with serious illnesses. Researchers say the model is ready for replication. (2017-04-27)

LifeCourse meets Triple Aim for late life care
Late life support care study showed extensive cost reductions and improved patient satisfaction. Based on results, Allina Health is integrating care model into care management and specialty clinics. (2017-04-17)

What outcomes are associated with early preventive dental care among Medicaid-enrolled children in Alabama
Preventive dental care provided by a dentist for children before the age of 2 enrolled in Medicaid in Alabama was associated with more frequent subsequent treatment for tooth decay, more visits and more spending on dental care compared with no early preventive dental care for children, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2017-02-27)

University of Miami Health System and VitalMD launch unique collaboration
The University of Miami Health System and VitalMD Group Holdings LLC, and its wholly owned medical practices LLCs, have agreed to establish a strategic collaboration to advance the missions of both entities, improving access to high-quality medical care by creating a broader network of providers in the South Florida region. (2017-02-03)

Seeing the same GP associated with fewer hospital admissions
Older patients who see the same general practitioner over time experience fewer avoidable admissions to hospital for certain conditions, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2017-02-01)

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