Primary Care Physicians Can Better Manage the Total Cost of Care for an Accountable Care Population

October 6, 2016
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Primary Care Physicians Can Better Manage the Total Cost of Care for an Accountable Care Population

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Primary care physicians (“PCPs”) can more effectively manage the total cost of care when managing the healthcare needs of a covered population. Cave Consulting Group (“CCGroup”) reached this conclusion after evaluating the performance of several health plan accountable care and value-based reimbursement programs.  

“On average, PCPs are involved in treating 57% of all prevalent medical condition episodes of care. This means patients are self-referring to specialists 43% of the time,” stated Dr. Douglas G. Cave, President of CCGroup.

He continued, “For those medical conditions with significant practice variations, PCPs are involved in treating only 40% of the patient episodes of care. Examples of medical conditions with significant practice variations are low back pain, degenerative joint disease, headaches, derangement of knee, hernias, and ischemic heart disease.”

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