Two new publications about primary care in BC

We recently published two papers related to primary care in BC. One is an evaluation of a continuing education learning module for end-of-life care for primary care physicians, and is available on the BMC – Medical Education journal website here. The second is a paper on an evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of BC’s incentive payment system for primary care physicians, and is available from The Permanente Journal here.

New article published — “Financial Implications of the Continuity of Primary Care”

This newly published article demonstrates how a patient’s level of attachment to a primary care practice, for patients with high needs for medical care, is related to health care costs.  We found that attachment to a primary practice is a much stronger predictor that age, gender, size of practice and other cost related variables.
The article is published in the 2015 Winter edition of The Permanente Journal, an international peer reviewed journal covering medical sciences, social science in medicine, and medical humanities.  See our article here .

New book on Aging in Canada by Chappell & Hollander

A recently published book, entitled “Aging in Canada”, describes the history of continuing care, models of integrated care delivery for the elderly, the cost-effectiveness of home care and issues related to caregiving. The authors, Neena Chappell and Marcus Hollander, argue that there is no “gray tsumani” coming but rather that an integrated system of continuing care can lead to cost avoidance and sustainability of the Canadian healthcare system. (To read the press release for the book, click here.  For a summary of the key arguments, please click here.)

New article on BC Primary Care

BC has developed a rather unique approach to the provision of primary care services which focuses on the addition of incentive payments into the fee-for-service payment structure. A recently published paper by MacCarthy and Hollander that covers the origins, rationale, and development of the BC approach can be viewed here.