Author Interviews, Cost of Health Care, Primary Care / 17.09.2015

Michael K. Magill, MD Professor and Chairman, Family and Preventive Medicine University of Utah School of Medicine Salt Lake City, UT 84108MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Michael K. Magill, MD Professor and Chairman, Family and Preventive Medicine University of Utah School of Medicine Salt Lake City, UT  84108   Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Magill: The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of primary care is becoming more common. The model focuses on team delivery of care with other medical staff joining the primary care provider/clinician to provide for all patients’ healthcare needs.  However, the cost of sustaining PCMH functions is not well understood. This  study assessed direct personnel cost of delivering PCMH services in 20 diverse primary care practices in Utah and Colorado. The main finding is that PCMH services cost on average around $105,000 per clinician FTE per year, or around $4.00 per member per month for an imputed panel size of 2000 patients per FTE clinician. 
Annals Internal Medicine, Author Interviews, Electronic Records, Outcomes & Safety / 05.06.2014

Lisa M. Kern, MD, MPH, FACP Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research and of Medicine Associate Director for Research, Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy Deputy Director, Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY 10065MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lisa M. Kern, MD, MPH, FACP Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research and of Medicine Associate Director for Research, Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy Deputy Director, Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY 10065 MedicalResearch: What are the main findings of the study? Dr. Kern: We found that primary care physicians participating in Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) improved their quality of care over time at a significantly higher rate than their non-PCMH peers.