Comparative performance of community health centers and other usual sources of primary care

Published: October 1, 2011
Category: Bibliography > Papers
Authors: Gurewich D, Shepard DS, Tyo KR, Zhu J
Countries: United States
Types: Performance Analysis
Settings: Academic

J Ambul Care Manage 34:380-390.

Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

OBJECTIVE: To determine how Community Health Centers (CHCs) perform relative to other primary care providers.

RESEARCH DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of Medicaid claims comparing provider groups on the basis of avoidable hospitalizations and costs.

RESULTS: Avoidable hospitalization rates did not differ significantly across care settings. Hospital outpatient departments and CHCs had comparable total costs, whereas physicians had slightly but significantly lower total costs.

CONCLUSIONS: Understanding determinants of care cost differences could inform future performance improvement initiatives. Care quality variance within provider groups may be more significant than care quality performance across care settings.

Comment in: Commentary on Gurewich et Al, “comparative performance of community health centers and other usual sources of primary care”: community health centers: valuable partners for state medicaid programs. [J Ambul Care Manage. 2011]

PMID: 21914997

Practice Patterns Comparison,Cost Burden Analysis,Equity Evaluation,United States,Adolescent,Ambulatory Care,Cohort Studies,Gender,Health Expenditures,Hospitalization/trends,Insurance Claim Review,Quality of Health Care,Retrospective Studies,Young Adult

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