Advanced Primary Care

Advanced Primary Care is a practice methodology that focuses on quality of care and outcomes as opposed to patient volume. This means physicians are able to dedicate more time to each patient, ensure chronic conditions are being managed, and better coordinate specialist care.

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The Benefits of Advanced Primary Care

  • Lowers total health care costs by producing fewer unnecessary referrals, tests, and procedures and providing a predictable payment schedule for employers.
  • Uses data to improve health and better manage chronic diseases.
  • Offers employers, employees, and their families convenient access to providers, with longer appointments and same or next-day appointments to treat the whole person.

Are You Getting Enough Time with Your Physician?

According to research, 71% of all health care costs are from patients with heart disease, diabetes, or another condition require ongoing care — but 85% of physicians say they lack the time during appointments to effectively meet these patients’ needs. Advanced Primary Care’s focus on value over volume means that physicians spend more time with patients, resulting in better health outcomes and significant cost savings.

Anatomy of an Advanced Primary Care Physician

  • Identifies and reaches out to high-risk patients.
  • Refers care outside of the clinic only when it's right for the patient.
  • If a referral is needed, seeks high-value specialty care.
  • Coordinates care for patients and stays connected even when patients are referred elsewhere.
  • Uses evidence-based medicine, basing decisions on scientific proof rather than opinions.
  • Implements processes that drive better health outcomes.

Where Do Advanced Primary Care Savings Come From?

Advanced primary care can save 15-30% of the total cost of care in as little as 12-18 months, by:

  • Making smart referrals for tests and specialty care. For example, an Advanced Primary Care clinic is more likely to refer patients who need an MRI to a free-standing clinic rather than a hospital, which could save thousands on a single test.
  • Treating common conditions in-house, rather than referring to a high-cost specialist.
  • Helping patients get the care they need, when they need it. This results in lower ER and urgent care utilization.
  • Paying for care on a per-member, per-service fee. This removes the incentive to see and refer as many patients as possible and instead places a focus on better patient outcomes.
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