August 25, 2016
Primary care services using team-based care, as opposed to traditional practice management, were associated with higher rates of quality of care measures, lower rates of acute care utilization measures, and lower rates of payments received by the care delivery system, among adults enrolled in integrated health care systems, according to data published in JAMA.
“Limited evidence is available to support the utility of medical home and accountable care integration with mental health and primary care teams,” Brenda Reiss-Brennan, PhD, of Intermountain Healthcare, in Salt Lake City, and colleagues wrote. “In 2000, Intermountain Healthcare (hereafter referred to as Intermountain), a fully integrated delivery system, attempted to address this evidence gap by incorporating physical and mental health interdisciplinary teams in patient care…. This program has been deployed within local clinic and has been sustained across diverse primary care practices (family medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine) over the past 16 years.”