Why does primary care matter for seniors? Your primary care provider (PCP) is your medical home base. This is the person you see for most of your care needs, like regular checkups, preventive screenings and non-emergency illnesses. Your PCP practices general medicine, which means they consider your whole health and wellness. As you age, your health needs may become more complex or you could develop chronic conditions, which means you may need to visit the doctor more frequently. PCPs coordinate your care with support staff and specialists to ensure your care is comprehensive, personal and proactive. We believe the PCP/patient relationship is key to promoting positive health outcomes, especially as you get older.
I already have a specialist. Why should I get a PCP too? It’s great that you have a specialist you trust. Specialists are excellent for treating a particular part of the body or illness. Their focus is narrow. When it comes to your overall health, however, you want someone who can take a holistic view of your total body, not just a single part. That’s why a PCP is so important. They deliver care that’s personalized to you and your whole-person health needs. PCPs are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent a wide variety of conditions. You might think of PCPs as generalists with a wider focus. The good news is that PCPs regularly coordinate care with specialists. You don’t have to choose between a PCP and a specialist. Instead, you get both, working together to help you achieve your best health.
I’ve had the same doctor for years. Why should I consider a new doctor as I get older? Different doctors focus on different age groups. For example, children see pediatricians. Like the young, growing body, aging bodies need a specific kind of care, like geriatricians. Doctors who primarily work with older adults are trained differently. Their approach focuses more on seeing the big picture by prioritizing conditions and treatments that maximize your physical and mental well-being for healthy, independent aging. This matters because, as you age, you might develop more complex or chronic health conditions like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and/or hypertension. You may need to spend more time with your doctor to review your medications and determine your health and lifestyle goals. A doctor who specializes in older adults might manage fewer patients so they can give you more time and attention in and out of the exam room.
What is value-based care? Value-based care pays doctors based on overall patient outcomes rather than the number of office visits, tests or procedures they perform; said another way, value-based care focuses on quality of care over quantity of care. Value-based care has three goals to support: Better care for individuals Better health for populations Lower healthcare costs According to Humana’s 2020 Value-based Care Report, Humana individual Medicare Advantage members in value-based care arrangements experienced better medication adherence and more preventive screenings than those in non-value-based care arrangements. The report also showed that Humana Medicare Advantage members who sought care from value-based care providers in 2019 experienced fewer hospital admissions and ER visits compared to patients in Original Medicare or non-value-based care arrangements. Ultimately, this kind of proactive, preventive care can help reduce medical costs.
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