Michigan Physician Survey: Primary care physician perspectives and practice trends

CHRT has been surveying primary care physicians (PCPs) in Michigan since 2012—tracking key trends in practice patterns, capacity, payer mix and care team composition. Our latest survey also asked physicians about care continuity and Medicaid work requirements legislation (a full analysis can be found here).

PCPs are a key component of a successful, high quality healthcare system. As the baby-boomer generation ages and the needs of this cohort increase, there is ongoing concern about how well the health care workforce can meet the increasing demands of an older and presumably sicker population.

Additionally, primary care is on the front lines of improving care delivery, such as increasing care management for complex cases, integration of behavioral health care and identifying and addressing social determinants of health.

To review the full report, click here.

Care transitions: Best practices and evidence-based programs

Poorly coordinated care transitions from the hospital to other care settings cost an estimated $12 billion to $44 billion per year. Poor transitions also often result in poor health outcomes. The most common adverse effects associated with poor transitions are injuries due to medication errors, complications from procedures, infections, and falls.

Many providers are focused on improving transitions, due in part to reimbursement changes under the Affordable Care Act. This paper summarizes best practices in care transitions, including:

  1. comprehensive discharge planning,
  2. sending discharge summaries to outpatient providers,
  3. assessing financial barriers to filling prescriptions,
  4. using a “teach back” method to ensure patient understanding,
  5. following up with outpatient providers, and more.

Read the full brief

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