King County’s Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams was featured in a Washington Health Alliance blog post about efforts to transform primary care in Washington State.
The article highlights a public/private partnership involving some of the state’s largest employers which aims to build a more effective primary care system for residents and providers.
“Not only do we need to ensure that everyone has appropriate access to a primary care provider, but we also need to promote a reinvigorated primary care model that pays for quality of care, so Washington residents are getting the screenings and treatment they need throughout their lives,” Abrams says in the post. Read it here.
Research shows that people with a primary care provider (PCP) enjoy better health outcomes. People who have a relationship with a primary care provider as their usual source of care are more likely to receive high-value care, have better access to care, and report a higher satisfaction with their health care. (Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, March 2019)
A PCP who you see regularly is likely to find problems sooner and can be a trusted resource who follows you over time. Seeing your PCP regularly can also help save money and avoid more costly care, such as an emergency room visit.
What is a primary care provider and why is it important to have one? Find out more in this Balanced You article.