Primary CareThere is no dispute that primary care is at the core not just of an effective health care system but of all health care. Virtually every health reform initiative in recent years assigns a pivotal role to primary care as a vital force for promoting wellness, preventing disease, coordinating care throughout the health care system and reducing costs.
But much remains to be done before all Americans – particularly members of racial and ethnic minorities and low income or otherwise vulnerable populations – will have unhindered access to comprehensive, quality care. Barriers remain because of issues like shortages or uneven distribution of primary care providers, misguided billing and payment policies, fragmented health care systems and lack of evidence-based disease management and outreach programs to enhance access.
For nearly four decades JSI has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen the nation’s health care safety net and insure that the most vulnerable populations have access to quality, comprehensive, well-coordinated primary care services. JSI’s expertise encompasses all facets of health care research, policy making, program development, community needs assessment, strategic planning, operational assessment, quality assurance, and monitoring, as well as technical assistance across the full spectrum of clinical, operational, and management areas. Read more about JSI supporting Primary Care Organizations
JSI is helping to expand SBIRT protocols sooner, so that substance misuse among 12-22 yrs old can be identified earlier and addressed effectively.
In collaboration with HRSA, the Center will optimize health centers’ use of electronic health records to achieve improved health outcomes.
In partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s ACTION III Network, JSI is conducting formative research to identify the key principles that should be incorporated into a re-engineered visit in primary care.
From a groundbreaking waiver allowing NY to reinvest billions in federal savings, JSI will support the Central NY Care Collaborative in implementing the waiver dollars - addressing critical issues throughout the state and encouraging comprehensive reform.
JSI developed a nationwide community-level estimate of the impact that expanding health insurance coverage has on the demand for primary care services and provider workforce adequacy from ACA implementation in 2014 through the year 2020.
JSI conducted a comprehensive community health needs and access assessment in West Baltimore, a community with extreme disparities in income and health. Community stakeholders will use the data to develop a plan to improve health and access to care.
JSI is helping the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing develop a payment methodology for federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics, with the goal of improving health outcomes while containing costs.
To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.
JSI has supported data collection for the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s Uniform Data System since 1999 and the Health Center Quarterly Report since inception, by providing training and technical support to the bureau’s grantees.
Learn about our work with the Maine Health Access Foundation, evaluating clinical implementation of primary care and behavioral health integration.