The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative is a multi-payer initiative which promotes the collaboration between public and private health care payers to improve primary care.
Medicare, along with commercial and state health care plans, is working with primary care practices to help deliver higher quality, better coordinated, and more patient-centered care. Primary care is a key point of contact for patients' health care needs. The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative's focus is to improve care coordination, making it easier for clinicians to work together, and helping clinicians spend more time with their patients while improving quality and reducing cost.
Practices were selected through a competitive application process based on their:
- Use of health information technology
- Ability to demonstrate recognition of advanced primary care delivery by accreditation bodies
- Service to patients covered by participating payers
- Participation in practice transformation and improvement activities
- Diversity of geography, practice size and ownership structure
How does this affect St. Bernards Clopton Clinic patients?
Better management of care for patients with high health care needs: Patients with multiple or serious medical conditions typically need more support to ensure they are getting the medical care they need. St. Bernards Clopton Clinic has added Care Coordinators to help the physicians deliver intensive care management for patients with high risks.
By engaging patients in their care and treatment, we can work together to create a plan of care that will individually fit each patient's circumstances and values. Unfortunately, health care needs and emergencies are not restricted to office operating hours.
St. Bernards Clopton Clinic has staff available to patients 24/7 with real-time access to patient data and personal health information. Encouragement of preventative care services:Our care teams are proactively assessing patients to determine any needs they may have in order to provide appropriate and timely preventative care.
Getting patients and their caregivers involved in their health care: We are encouraging patients and their caregivers to be more involved in their healthcare decisions by providing education and one-on-one time with Care Coordinators.
Improving the coordination of care across the medical neighborhood: Our care teams are currently working with patients, caregivers, and other health care providers involved in the patients care to ensure appropriate decisions are being made for the patient's well-being.