Team-based care is a critical component of effective primary care that may reduce emergency department use by patients. In addition, sharing care responsibilities within an interprofessional primary care team, coupled with payment reform, may improve patient care while also reducing family physician burnout.
In a new study, researchers in Canada sought to compare annual emergency department (ED) visit rates of approximately 2.5 million patients before and after their physician transitioned from an enhanced fee-for-service to either a team-based or a non-team-based blended capitation model. Specifically, they compared ED visit rates in big cities, small towns and rural areas following the transition, which began around the year 2000.
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