A new role for primary care teams in the United States after "Obamacare: " Track and improve health insurance coverage rates

Jennifer Devoe, Heather Angier, Megan Hoopes, Rachel Gold

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Abstract

Maintaining continuous health insurance coverage is important. With recent expansions in access to coverage in the United States after "Obamacare," primary care teams have a new role in helping to track and improve coverage rates and to provide outreach to patients. We describe efforts to longitudinally track health insurance rates using data from the electronic health record (EHR) of a primary care network and to use these data to support practice-based insurance outreach and assistance. Although we highlight a few examples from one network, we believe there is great potential for doing this type of work in a broad range of family medicine and community health clinics that provide continuity of care. By partnering with researchers through practice-based research networks and other similar collaboratives, primary care practices can greatly expand the use of EHR data and EHR-based tools targeting improvements in health insurance and quality health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-67
Number of pages5
JournalFamily Medicine and Community Health
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Electronic health records
  • Insurance, health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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