Should Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly Use Community-Based Primary Care Physicians?

Gail L. Rearden, Matthew K. McNabney, Shawn M. Bloom, Catherine Eng

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Abstract

The program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a community-based, long-term care model designed for older adults that are nursing home eligible. Bound by original design and regulations, these programs have primarily utilized a center-based ("staff") primary care physician model. However, some believe that this might hinder expansion of the PACE model. In response to this concern, three PACE programs have explored the use of "community-based" primary care physicians (CBPCPs). In an attempt to evaluate the impact of this variation in the model, we surveyed the medical director, 2 community-based primary care physicians and 6 non-physician staff members at one of these sites. Responders generally support the use of CBPCPs as a useful and productive alternative way to expand PACE services to a wider audience of eligible patients. Because some staff members perceive that CBPCPs utilize hospital and NH services at a higher rate, continued education of both CBPCPs and staff members regarding the expectations from this relationship is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-278
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

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Keywords

  • Program of all-inclusive care for the elderly
  • primary care physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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