Patients: Coordinated Physician Care Pilots – Paul Grundy MD, IBM

Dr. Paul Grundy helped organize
the Patient-Centered Primary Care
Collaborative at IBM and serves at its Chair. IBM spends about $1.7 billion a year on
healthcare for its employees and families,
providing coverage for half a million people. The company is working to improve their
healthcare quality, while lowering costs through wellness programs, but believes that more could be accomplished if a critical mass of key
healthcare participants work together to drive even more significant change. Executives believe the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative is a major step towards that goal.   

Many studies have shown that patients with a personal
physician who coordinates their comprehensive care have better outcomes
with lower costs.  We want to make this a reality for patients in the
US. So we joined with the four major primary care physicians’
professional societies, national employers and their associations, quality
advocacy groups, academic centers and consumer advocacy  groups to create the
Patient-Centered Primary Care
. The Collaborative is
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//–><span face="Times New Roman" Patient-Centered Medical Home
  We’re also
working to restructure traditional reimbursement practices, which currently
incent physician specialization.  We want to support and reward the
comprehensive delivery of primary care and expand the role of primary care
physicians as patient care  coordinators.   
Last week, we added to our
momentum.  Aetna, BCBS Association, CIGNA, Humana, MVP Health Care,
UnitedHealthcare, and WellPoint announced they will support Medical Home pilot
demonstrations.   Together, we want to start one or more pilots
next year.  Stay tuned!  

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