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Meyers DJ, Chien AT, Nguyen KH
Association of team-based primary care with health care utilization and costs among chronically ill patients.
This study analyzed the value of team-based care practice on the treatment of patients, especially those with multiple chronic conditions. A large study was conducted using data from 18 academically affiliated primary care practices in the Boston, Massachusetts, area between 2011 and 2015. The study included 83,953 patients total with 19% of patients being younger than 18 years and the rest from 19-64 years of age. For patients with multiple chronic conditions, there was a statistically significant reduction in hospitalizations and emergency department visits. Among patients with less than 2 comorbidities, there was an increase in outpatient visits, hospitalizations and ambulatory care hospitalizations.
Citation: Meyers DJ, Chien AT, Nguyen KH . Association of team-based primary care with health care utilization and costs among chronically ill patients. JAMA Intern Med 2019 Jan;179(1):54-61. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5118..
Keywords: Chronic Conditions, Emergency Department, Healthcare Costs, Healthcare Utilization, Primary Care, Teams