To provide the first nationally based information on physician practice involvement in s.
Primary data from the third National Survey of Physician Organizations (January 2012–May 2013).
We conducted a 40‐minute phone survey in a sample of physician practices. A nationally representative sample of practices was surveyed in order to provide estimates of organizational characteristics, care management processes, ACO participation, and related variables for four major chronic illnesses.
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We evaluated the associations between participation, organizational characteristics, and a 25‐point index of patient‐centered medical home processes.
We found that 23.7 percent of physician practices ( = 280) reported joining an ; 15.7 percent ( = 186) were planning to become involved within the next 12 months and 60.6 percent ( = 717) reported no involvement and no plans to become involved. Larger practices, those receiving patients from an and/or , those that were physician‐owned versus hospital/health system‐owned, those located in New England, and those with greater patient‐centered medical home () care management processes were more likely to have joined an .
Physician practices that are currently participating in s appear to be relatively large, or to be members of an or , are less likely to be hospital‐owned and are more likely to use more care management processes than nonparticipating practices.
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