The Scope of Care Coordination

StethiscopeAn interesting study of Primary Care Physicians’ Links to Other Physicians Through Medicare Patients in the latest edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine…

Study Results: The typical primary care physician has 229 other physicians working in 117 practices with which care must be coordinated, equivalent to an additional 99 physicians and 53 practices for every 100 Medicare beneficiaries managed by the primary care physician. When only the 31% of a primary care physician’s primary patients who had 4 or more chronic conditions was considered, the median number of peers involved was still substantial (86 physicians in 36 practices). In caring for his or her own primary and nonprimary patients during a single year, each primary care physician potentially must coordinate with a large number of individual physician colleagues who also provide care to these patients.

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