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Primary care, done right

Posted by John McDonough  January 15, 2014 09:23 PM

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In the new Commonwealth Magazine, Michael Jonas takes a close look at two of the most compelling innovators in Massachusetts health care, Dr. Bob Master, founder and President of the non-profit Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), and Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, founder of Docs.jpegthe for-profit Iora Health. Both are on the front lines of reinventing and reinvigorating primary care as the driver of health system transformation. Both seek to provide the best possible primary care to the neediest folks they can find.

CCA focuses on providing medical care to one of the most expensive and neediest populations in the nation, the 9 million so-called "dual eligibles," senior citizens and persons with disabilities who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act established a new "Federal Coordinated Health Care Office" in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to figure out how to do a better job providing higher quality care to the nation's dual eligibles with greater efficiency. CCA is one of the key models in the nation they are watching. (Photograph above by Michael Manning)

Iora Health is focused on working age adults, with four sites around the nation, and locally with the New England Council of Carpenters in Dorchester. They service a different population using a similar approach to CCA.

If you would like to take a good look at two of the nation's most exciting health innovators, please give Michael's article a look.

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John E. McDonough is a professor of practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the author of the book “Inside National Health Reform”, published in 2011 by More »

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