With Revenues Squeezed, PCPs Warm Up to Value-Based Care

The COVID-19 pandemic is proving especially challenging for the primary care business, but as a result of the crisis, the head of one primary care trade group says her membership is open to working with insurers to leave behind fee-for-service, visit-based billing and enter value-based payment agreements.

However, that requires the survival of primary care practice groups. According to primary care provider trade group Primary Care Collaborative (PCC), an April 24 survey of its membership found that eight in 10 responding PCPs were in “severe” or “close to severe” financial trouble because of COVID-19.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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