Advancing Primary Care Report

Advancing Primary Care: Minnesota Practice Assessment Results Report

Research is scant on the ability and capacity of “high-value” physician practices – those serving a high proportion of Medicaid patients or a high volume of racially and ethnically diverse populations – to undertake practice transformation. Understanding how high-value practices currently perform on elements related to advanced primary care models can enable communities to better target ambulatory quality improvement efforts and improve care delivery.

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), a national health policy organization, conducted a survey of over 175 primary care practices in seven communities around the country, including Minnesota, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative. Designed to identify regional and national trends in practice capacity, the survey results are intended to help participating communities to:

  • Better understand the strengths and opportunities for improvement for a key segment of their provider market
  • Begin to assess what type of education, training, and support these high-value practices might need
  • Start to design interventions in partnership with state Medicaid agencies to assist practices that are facing significant challenges in meeting performance targets