Advancing Primary Care Delivery: Practical, Proven, and Scalable Approaches
(September 2014) Primary care represents an estimated 6 percent to 8 percent of national health care spending — approximately $200 billion to $250 billion annually. Primary care visits account for 55 percent of the 1 billion physician office visits annually in the United States, and the Affordable Care Act could generate an additional 25 million primary care visits annually. There are multiple, complementary pathways to successfully expand primary care capacity and improve service delivery. When implemented successfully, their common threads include focusing on the patient; the quality of service delivery; and paying for value.
100 Percent of Our Future: Improving the Health of America's Children
(August 2013) This report highlights opportunities for reducing childhood obesity; shows that broad application of group prenatal care models can boost healthy pregnancies and reduce the incidence of preterm births; and identifies “easy wins” to help improve children’s health through better care coordination, which can result in better health outcomes and cost savings.
Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation
(July 2011) Rural Americans experience more chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease than urban and suburban residents and have greater difficulties accessing high-quality care. This paper explores how health reform implementation will increase the need for innovative care models and points to technology and a stronger role for rural primary care as promising solutions.