Almost eight years ago, CDPHP® noted a sharp decline in the number of graduating medical students choosing to go into primary care. This was troubling for many reasons, including the fact that a primary care physician (PCP) is often thought of as a patient’s medical home. That is, the place where physicians and their team provide comprehensive care to patients and families, and give them the support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care. To preserve and strengthen primary care services, while improving the value and quality of care for our members, CDPHP launched the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) initiative.
The EPC Model – A Health Care Breakthrough
A guiding principal of EPC is that each patient has an ongoing relationship with their doctor, who will provide preventive care and health guidance, as well as care for their acute and chronic illnesses. The model supports the primary care practice to provide care based on the needs of each patient, allowing physicians the freedom to practice in the way that is best for them and their patients. To acclimate to this model, CDPHP provides training to physician offices, and works with clinicians to implement new ways of serving patients better. These can include the following:
The (Ongoing) Results
In 2014, CDPHP concluded a year-long study on the effects of the EPC model, which produced impressive quality results. From 2010 to 2014, EPC sites showed significant improvements on a series of quality measures that included breast and colorectal cancer screenings, childhood immunizations, childhood well visits, and more. Throughout the analysis, quality scores for EPC sites rose from 71 to 77 percent. During the same time period, quality scores for non-EPC sites rose from 65 to 68 percent. The findings prove that EPC sites are not only performing at a higher level than non-EPC sites, but they are improving at a faster rate.
From 2012 to 2014, CDPHP also realized a cost savings of $20.7 million directly related to the EPC program.
Take the Next Step
You can search for an EPC provider using Find-A-Doc. This symbol will appear next to participating doctors’ names . CDPHP remains committed to helping patients and their physicians receive and deliver the best possible care.