Empanelment: How to Form Patient Panels in Primary Care

Resource: Empanelment: Establishing Patient-Provider Relationships: Executive Summary (PDF, 2.6 MB, 30 pages)

This executive summary provides guidance on how practices can implement empanelment—the process of assigning individual patients to primary care providers and care teams. Creating patient panels allows care teams to take responsibility for the individuals in their panels, in alignment with Key Driver 4: Create and support high functioning teams to deliver high-quality evidence-based care. The summary describes the benefits and steps involved in implementing patient panels in a primary care practice. Topics include: pre-implementation work, actions to assign patients to providers, how to monitor and adjust panels, and leadership support required to make empanelment successful. The summary includes links to the full Empanelment Implementation Guide and other related resources.

Institution of origin: Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, Qualis Health

Author(s): Brownlee B, Van Borkulo N

Publication date: May 2013

Page last reviewed November 2018
Page originally created October 2018
Internet Citation: Empanelment: How to Form Patient Panels in Primary Care. Content last reviewed November 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. https://www.ahrq.gov/evidencenow/tools/empanelment.html
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