Many primary care physicians (PCPs) struggle to provide high-quality care for patients with complex needs.
A recent international survey* confirms this challenge: Nearly 25 percent of U.S. PCPs say they are not well-prepared to care for people with multiple chronic illnesses.
Hurdles include lack of care coordination and gaps in access, according to the Commonwealth Fund study. Its authors call for strengthening the nation’s primary care infrastructure, in part by improving communication among providers and increasing access to care.
Two overarching approaches can help doctors achieve these goals, while also reducing the disproportionate costs of complex care: participation in a clinically integrated network (CIN), and use of population health best practices.
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