Fairview Health Services CEO James Hereford launched a reorganization earlier this year to focus on the consumer. Part of the effort involves reimagining how primary care is delivered.
An AI-based platform guides patients to physicians who can treat them virtually.
There has been a relatively steady decline in primary-care visits since 2009, although nurse practitioners and physician assistants are making up some ground, according to new research from the Health Care Cost Institute.
New York University plans to establish a medical school on the campus of NYU Winthrop in Mineola on Long Island, which will be focused on educating primary-care physicians.
Hospitals are partnering with employers to staff workplace clinics to fend off competition from third-party vendors.
A number of hospital systems have moved to establish intensive, team-based primary-care clinics along the lines of those operated by innovative independent operators like ChenMed and Iora Health.
These companies' population health-style efforts are being emulated by hospital systems, but progress has been slow and spotty.
When organizations implement team-based care, they have to break down perceptions and habits that can be ingrained in clinicians' work patterns.
Intermountain Healthcare recently announced a joint venture with home healthcare company Lifesprk to provide seniors with nonclinical support services.
Healthcare utilization and spending over the short term increases when low-income, less healthy patients gain access to primary care, but costs will likely be lower in the long run, experts said.
Our healthcare system is obsessed with delivering medical services, performing procedures and prescribing medications. It really needs to become obsessed with producing health.
A record high of 141.4 million people visited an ER in 2014, the same year the Affordable Care Act's insurance expansion went into effect. The results contradict policy experts' assertions that unnecessary ER use would decline as more people gained access to health insurance under the ACA.