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Sarah O'Hara, Health Care Advisory Board
As the Advisory Board has studied CI programs across the country, we haven't yet come across a multispecialty CI network that didn't focus intently on key primary care measures such as diabetes or asthma outcomes. That's because improvements on such measures can have both a significant immediate impact--often linked directly to pay-for-performance bonuses--and a more long-term, indirect impact, reducing unnecessary inpatient admissions or other downstream utilization of high-cost services for a decrease in total patient care costs. This latter achievement will be even more important as organizations take on bundled payments, shared-savings contracts, or other accountable payment mechanisms. As a result, interest in primary care physician alignment and engagement is growing rapidly across the industry.
Why Primary Care Redesign Should Matter to CI Programs