Team-Based Care Saves Money?

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I have ripped on the Patient-Centered Medical Home crap over and over in this blog. I just love it when articles come out as propaganda for big corporations. For example, listen to this:

“The patient-centered medical home is a key foundation to how we’re building our programs and looking at how our programs are going to continue our move towards value-based reimbursement,” according to Amy McKenzie, MD, MBA, of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

I really don’t what Amy even just said. They are just jumbled words to me. Then the article goes to say this:

And she should know. BCBSM, where McKenzie serves as the medical director, has an expansive patient-centered medical home model. Since implementing the program in 2008, BCBSM has designated nearly 4,700 physicians as a part of a patient-centered medical home.

The program, which represents the largest statewide PCMH in the nation, has higher rates of preventive care and lower rates of emergency department utilization than other healthcare delivery models. As a result, it boasts $626 million in prevented claims costs in just a nine-year window.

The rest of the article continues to paint fairy tales with pixie dust. But let’s just look at these numbers. It prevented $626 million in 9 years. That is about $70 million a year (if you can believe their stats, which I never do). If you take that number and divide it by 4700 physicians then you save $15,000 a year. That’s it!!! How much did it cost to implement this crap? How much burnout did it cause? You don’t know because they don’t say.

This is why this blog still exists. To point out bullshit like this. You’re welcome.

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