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Medical News and Perspectives
November 23/30, 2011

Project Aims for Better Patient Health Through Coordinating Primary Care

JAMA. 2011;306(20):2205. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1706

A voluntary demonstration project launched by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will test the theory that having primary care practices coordinate care through a patient-centered model can reduce health care costs and improve patient health.

The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, announced September 28, will take place in 5 to 7 health insurance markets across the country, with about 75 primary care practices with large numbers of Medicare and Medicaid patients participating in each market. The initiative, which will cover as many as 330 750 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, is one of several projects launched by the DHHS as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's mandate to explore ways to promote coordinated and lower-cost care while improving patient health.

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