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Patient-centered medical home program decreased hospital use, lowered care costs

August 22, 2014

In the 3 years since its introduction, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Patient-Centered Medical Home model has resulted in reduced hospital utilization, lower health care costs to members and increased reimbursements for participating panels, Blue Cross Blue Shield announced in a press release.

The company provided 3-year results from their Patient-Centered Medical Home program, which was implemented in 2011. Over 80% of all primary care providers located in the CareFirst service area, which includes parts of Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland, are participants.

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