Exploring How Small Physician Practices Can Achieve Higher-Quality, Lower-Cost Care


As health care costs continue to rise, the search for innovative ways to reduce costs without compromising quality of care continues in earnest. Physician practices clearly have a central role to play in this endeavor, but not enough is known about how the organizational structure, clinical processes, and financial incentives of practices, particularly smaller ones, influence the quality and cost of care they provide. Using data previously collected from a national survey of small and medium-sized physician practices, the project team will assess the incentives practices are exposed to and the extent to which implementation of care management processes, such as those recommended for medical homes, affect quality and cost. The results will inform private sector and federal officials implementing health system reform. The National Institutes of Health will provide cofunding.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Principal Investigator:
Lawrence Casalino, M.D., Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 15, 2011

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