The Important Role of PCPs

Special Report: WNYers Understand the Important Role of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) in Coordinating and Delivering Effective, Patient-Centered Health Care

The importance of primary care to our nation’s health care system – and to patient health – cannot be overstated. Primary care enables better coordination and collaboration of care among providers, improves patient outcomes, and addresses inefficiencies and cost.

Research demonstrates access to primary care helps people live longer, healthier lives. They are the first point for patients to access the health care system. However, the U.S. health care system faces a critical shortage of physicians, in particular PCPs, creating a serious risk to patient care and health care delivery, which potentially increases uncoordinated, duplicative, and more costly care.

By creating a dynamic care system that aligns with high-performing providers, Independent Health is helping its members make the best decisions about their health. Providing personalized, timely and actionable information along with modern technology helps drive members to PCPs and specialists (when that level of care is needed) that deliver the most effective and efficient care.

A new special report by Independent Health discusses what it takes to create a dynamic care system that helps primary care physicians deliver the most effective and efficient care.

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