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Bending the Health Care Cost Curve in North Carolina; The Experience of Community Health Centers

Thursday, September 1, 2011   (0 Comments)
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by Patrick Richard, PhD, MA; Peter Shin, PhD; Kristina Vasilkovska, JD, MS (cand.); Sara Rosenbaum, JD
Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative
Policy Research Brief #24

North Carolina is known for innovative practices in primary care delivery and education, and accordingly one might expect to see greater efficiencies overall in care delivery, and less direct, measurable impact by community health centers on cost and outcome. Of interest is whether community health centers (CHCs) are cost-effective providers in states with a sophisticated primary care infrastructure and focus on the needs of medically underserved communities. Building on the large body of health services research literature that has documented the quality and cost-effectiveness of federally-funded primary health centers nationwide, as well as estimates of national savings that are possible through the expanded use of health centers for medically underserved populations, we compare costs for health center users and non-CHC users in North Carolina. . .

On average, total annual health care spending for North Carolina patients served by health centers was 62 percent less than for those patients with similar health status and demographic characteristics served in other ambulatory care settings. When ambulatory care costs alone are considered, health centers were able to achieve similarly impressive results, showing per-patient cost savings of $1,211 for ambulatory services.

Several factors likely contribute to lower costs for health center users. . .

Download the entire brief here.

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