Amid a looming shortage of primary-care providers, a California not-for-profit has formed with the mission of making the field more desirable to clinicians and to improving primary-care performance.
Known as the California Advanced Primary Care Institute, the collaborative group, which will launch in January, is sponsored by the California Association of Physician Groups, a Los Angeles-based trade group. It received startup funding from a number of sources, including the California HealthCare Foundation, the California Endowment and the California Academy of Family Physicians.
The CAPCI says it will work to increase the appeal of primary care by promoting new payment models, improving training, promoting practice redesign and advocating for better public policy. The group's launch comes as millions are expected to join the ranks of the newly insured, and large numbers of older physicians are leaving the workforce.