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Practices need more skilled staff when shifting to value-based care

Primary care practices wanting to shift to value-based care will need staff with a greater skill assortment, such as behavioral health professionals, social workers and nutritionists, which will support doctors in providing preventive care services to patients, according to a Premier analysis. Chris Smedley, Premier's vice president of physician enterprise services, said the value-based payment model will offset the additional costs of hiring higher-skilled staff because practices will be paid more for keeping patients healthy.

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