Congress passed the Primary Care First Act in 2018 with two straightforward goals in mind: reduce unnecessary healthcare spending and improve patient .. Read more care. But achieving even the clearest objective is a task that requires many steps along the way. In preparation for its January 2021 start date, experts from Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO) will discuss how the Act will impact the field of primary care. The Primary Care First Act was passed in 2018 with the goal of improving the quality of and access to healthcare for all Medicare beneficiaries, particularly those with complex chronic conditions and serious illnesses. The legislation changes the reimbursement model and increases funding to primary care physicians (PCPs) to help facilitate better care, decrease the number of hospital visits for these patients, and improve outcomes. As the start date for the initial cohort of participants approaches, IMO’s Jim Thompson, MD, and Amy Loriaux, PhD, take a closer look at the Act and its implications for patients and providers alike.
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