Getting the recipe right for a successful primary care team

Make the most of your physicians and APs

Getting the primary care recipe right

A new model to maximize productivity of the primary care team.

Many providers fear that the shortage of a key ingredient—physicians—will make it impossible to meet care access needs.

Fortunately, advanced practitioners (APs) can enable medical groups to cost‑effectively increase patient access and care quality in spite of physician shortages—but only if team responsibilities are apportioned appropriately. Download the poster to get the full recipe.

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With a heavy stream of newly insured patients expected in 2014, it’s more important than ever that providers get the recipe right for team‑based care. Many providers fear that the shortage of a key ingredient—physicians—will make it impossible to meet care access needs.

Fortunately, there’s a second ingredient that will make managing population health achievable for organizations, and it’s one you already have in stock. Advanced practitioners (APs) can enable medical groups to cost-effectively increase patient access and care quality in spite of physician shortages—but only if team responsibilities are apportioned appropriately.

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Change the Mix

  • Make the most of precious resources

    With a team-based care model

    Using the typical model for a primary care practice, physicians waste time conducting rote patient appointments that advanced practitioners could complete, limiting physician time to conduct procedures.

    To achieve a model that maximizes the abilities of your entire team, follow the steps outlined below.

Get Your Ingredients Right

  • Schedulers

    Case triagers

    Schedulers should assign appointments based on whether a visit requires differential diagnosis.


    Want more information on how to effectively divide physician and AP roles? Check out the executive summary of our study, Realizing Full Value of the Care Team.

  • Physicians

    Diagnostic experts

    Physicians should use their extensive training to identify undiagnosed conditions and establish appropriate care plans.



    For further information on maximizing the skills of physicians, see our related study chapter, "Expand Clinician Roles Across the Care Team."

  • Advanced Practitioners

    Primary care plan managers

    APs should educate patients on their conditions and ensure compliance with care instructions.


    To learn more about expanding the provider
    role of APs, see our related study chapter, "Align AP Management to Provider Status."

  • A sweet outcome

    Better primary care

    A team-based practice expands access to more patients, minimizes the burden on its physicians, and better engages its APs in primary care and delivery.



    To see what team-based care can do for patients, see our related study chapter, "Coda: Capitalizing on Change."

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