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    From volume to value: Primary care delivers

    Editor's Note: Welcome to Medical Economics' blog section which features contributions from members of the medical community. These blogs are an opportunity for bloggers to engage with readers about a topic that is top of mind, whether it is practice management, experiences with patients, the industry, medicine in general, or healthcare reform.

    Innovative payment models are changing the way healthcare is paid for and delivered in the United States—for the better. The transition to a value-based healthcare system, one where physicians, other health professionals, and health systems are rewarded for high-quality services that improve patient outcomes, is underway. Evidence shows that primary care can help us live longer, healthier lives and can save our healthcare system $13 for every $1 spent. As the healthcare sector shifts toward rewarding value over volume, primary care should be at the heart of our efforts to promote simplicity, coordination, and affordability.

    Now is the time to examine the many successful models for primary care delivery that save money as they improve patient outcomes and determine how we can accelerate these programs to reach even more patients. These include both pilot projects that should be expanded, as well as long-standing programs that strengthen the foundation of America’s healthcare system.

    Next: Home-based primary care and medical homes deliver the triple aim



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