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Study: 'Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes' Save Oregon Millions

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A Portland State University study has found that Oregon’s new system of primary care homes is saving the state millions of dollars.

Patient-centered primary care homes are clinics where the needs of patients are met holistically. Staff members make sure patients attend all doctor appointments, take medications, eat well and exercise.

The director of policy at the Oregon Health Authority Leslie Clement, said she’s pleased with the study’s results, “It just confirms what we have always said, that the investment in patient-centered primary care really yields great outcomes both in terms of quality and cost.”

The PSU study found ‘Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes’ saved the state $240 million between 2012 and 2014.

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Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He specializes in health care, business, politics, law and public safety.