Patient Centered Care Agreement

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Nebraska health-care groups and insurers have signed an agreement to help doctors' offices focus more on preventative treatment, quality care and helping patients care for themselves.

Participating insurers will offer reimbursement for patient-centered medical home services under the voluntary agreement approved Wednesday. The concept is similar to traditional family doctors, who developed long-term relationships with patients.

It allows doctors to use "care managers," who proactively touch base with patients to ensure they're up-to-date with vaccinations and follow-up treatment. Participating insurers will also reimburse doctors based on quality factors, such as a patient's satisfaction.

The agreement was brokered by state Sens. Mike Gloor and John Wightman, who have worked on developing the patient-centered medical services in Nebraska.

Insurers will have active contracts with 10 clinics by the end of 2014.

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