This Health Policy Brief provides an overview of accountable care organizations (ACOs), their origins, and the current status of adoption by Medicare and private health insurance plans.
Sources and Notes Unless otherwise specified, this fact sheet is based on Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA, DHHS, 2009 Uniform Data System (UDS). It includes data from Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that receive federal health center grants and are therefore required to report administrative, clinical and other information. Data do not account for a category of FQHCs that does not receive these funds, known as FQHC Look-Alikes. There are approximately 100 FQHC Look-Alikes across the United States. Consequently, data reflected in this fact sheet may underreport the true volume of care delivered by health centers
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The Primary Care Physician Mapper illustrates the distribution of primary care physicians by state, county, or census tracts in metropolitan areas. The physician data source is the National Provider Identifier (NPI), maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Any provider who bills Medicare, Medicaid, or certain private insurance companies will be counted in the NPI dataset. The Primary Care Physician Mapper allows the user to dynamically set the threshold at which map areas with a certain physician to population ratio are displayed. Users may select individual primary care specialties under ‘Specialties of Interest’ to explore their unique distributions. For example, a user might search for ‘Pediatricians’ or check the ‘Pediatrics’ box to understand variation in Pediatrician-to-population ratios in a region or nationally. A user may visualize raw counts of physicians or create maps showing the ratio of one or more primary care specialties to the population within a selected geography. Use the options on the right hand side of the mapper to create the map and legend that answers your question of interest. To access the Primary Care Physician Mapper, click here.
WASHINGTON - In celebration of National Public Health Week, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is pleased to release a new issue brief entitled "Affordable Care Act: Opportunities and Challenges for Health Education Specialists." The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers multiple policy levers for improving patient care and maximizing health outcomes, in part by expanding the opportunities for health education specialists to contribute to the goals of prevention, screening and treatment.