Skip Navigation LinksHome > October/December 2011 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 > Comparative Performance of Community Health Centers and Othe...
Journal of Ambulatory Care Management:
doi: 10.1097/JAC.0b013e31822cbc59
Original Articles

Comparative Performance of Community Health Centers and Other Usual Sources of Primary Care

Gurewich, Deborah PhD; Tyo, Karen R. MA, MSW; Zhu, Junya MS; Shepard, Donald S. PhD

Collapse Box

Abstract

Objective: To determine how Community Health Centers (CHCs) perform relative to other primary care providers.

Research Design: A retrospective cohort study of Medicaid claims comparing provider groups on the basis of avoidable hospitalizations and costs.

Results: Avoidable hospitalization rates did not differ significantly across care settings. Hospital outpatient departments and CHCs had comparable total costs, whereas physicians had slightly but significantly lower total costs.

Conclusions: Understanding determinants of care cost differences could inform future performance improvement initiatives. Care quality variance within provider groups may be more significant than care quality performance across care settings.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

Login

Article Tools

Share

Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.