Costs Saved in Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program

Results of a two-year study, conducted by Portland State University, revealed an excellent prognosis for the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) program.

The study found that total patient service expenditures decreased by 4.2 percent per person or approximately $41 per quarter (about $13.50 per person each month) between 2012 and 2014.

For a comprehensive look at findings of this study, click here.

Worth noting, the study found a doubling of savings from the first to the third year of a clinic’s PCPCH designation, reducing per person service expenditures by 8.6 percent or $85 saving per quarter (approximately $28 per person each month).

The Oregon Legislature established the PCPCH program in 2009 to reduce healthcare costs, and increase quality, reliability and availability of primary care services.

Led by researchers Sherril Gelmon, DrPH, director of the Health Systems and Policy PhD Program at Oregon Health & Science University and PSU School of Public Health, and Neal Wallace, PhD, PSU professor of Health Systems Management and Policy, the evaluation identified clear signs of PCPCH clinic transformation and adoption of patient-centered care.

Kathryn can be reached at [email protected].

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