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Primary care reform initiative highlights success
By Connie Grosch / May 20, 2014 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, one of the first multi-payer, patient-centered medical home initiatives in the country, released 2013 data highlighting the success of its innovative model of primary care, and announced plans to expand in the coming months.

Patient-centered medical homes focus on team-based, comprehensive and preventative care, incentivizing its practices to improve quality of care and the patient experience while decreasing costs.

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With initially five pilot sites in 2008, the program has since expanded to include 36 primary care practices with 48 practice sites, 303 providers and provides more than 220,000 Rhode Islanders access to a patient-centered medical home. The 2014 expansion will add up to 20 additional practices and will serve about 100,000 more Rhode Islanders.

“Increasing Rhode Islanders' access to high-quality primary care is a significant step toward advancing our state’s health care system,” said Neil Steinberg. “This initiative brings everyone together – providers, insurers and patients – to focus on prevention, wellness and treatment.”  

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