Evidence is mounting about the importance of robust primary care in achieving the Triple Aim of advancing quality of care, reducing costs, and improving the patient experience. Primary care initiatives across the country have shown that enhancing primary care can coordinate service delivery to the benefit of both patients and clinicians. In Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs), primary care transformation has been foundational for shifting to a team-based approach that reaps benefits for patients, providers, and payers.
Health care leaders and our government have invested both money and effort in improving primary care. The goal is a more patient-centered approach that prevents costly hospitalizations or other interventions for serious health conditions. In addition to the Triple Aim, this approach can lead to greater physician satisfaction, an important issue in light of widespread concern about physician burnout that is especially prevalent in our country’s rural communities.