Insurance Plan Puts Priority on Primary Care, and Patients Should Benefit

So much about the health insurance industry is wrong, so much compromises good care and patient safety, that when an underwriter makes the right decision it deserves attention.

WellPoint Inc., according to a recent AP story, plans to boost primary care reimbursement and initiate payment for care management, a patient-protective practice it previously did not cover. The bottom line should be that patients with WellPoint plans will get more quality time with their doctors. The WellPoint plan will debut later this year and should be implemented throughout its primary care network by the end of 2014.

Primary care practices often receive such low insurance reimbursements that they’re forced to jam as many patient visits as possible into a workday simply to stay financially afloat. We’ve detailed the plight of primary care practitioners, as well as the value of coordinated care.

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