The Facts About Managed Care and Primary Care

National Primary Care Week – which runs from October 4 to October 8 – is an opportunity to remember the critical role of primary care in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

Research shows that primary care access leads to positive health outcomes. As the first line of health care defense, primary care physicians ensure that patients receive routine checkups and screenings that can identify concerns before they become potentially life-threatening and far more expensive to treat.

At North Carolina for Better Medicaid, we’ve seen first-hand how Managed Care prioritizes primary care, leading to improved access and outcomes for patients. Here are the facts about how Managed Care has advanced primary care access across the country:

  • Fact 1: States implementing Managed Care have seen improved access to primary care based on key metrics like hospital admissions and length of stay.
  • Fact 2: Managed Care Organizations ensure beneficiaries receive recommended health screenings and preventive care on time and in convenient locations.
  • Fact 3: Medicaid Managed Care networks doubled the number of primary care providers available to beneficiaries in Florida’s networks.
  • Fact 4: A Managed Care quality incentive program in Oregon led to a drop in emergency department use across all beneficiary populations and an increase in mental health screenings.

Click here to read our latest research on the benefits of Managed Care.

North Carolina for Better Medicaid is a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based group of organizations committed to building a better Medicaid system that improves access, quality, outcomes and affordability in North Carolina.