Primary care focus, risk sharing may boost outcomes, cut costs

08/30/2013 | Modern Healthcare (free registration)

A report in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed larger independent physician groups with strong primary care orientations and who practiced more risk sharing showed improvements in health quality and medical cost per patient. The study also found hospital-based practices with strong primary care orientations showed lower costs and better diabetes care measures and readmission rates than their counterparts with less focus on primary care, researchers said.

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