For Immediate Release
Contact: Gregory K. Griggs, MPA, CAE
Executive Vice President
NC Auditor’s Report Confirms Medical Home Model Works
RALEIGH, NC (08-20-2015) Today, the Office of the State Auditor’s report on Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) once again confirmed that North Carolina’s award-winning patient-centered medical home model for Medicaid patients saves money and improves care.
The NC Academy of Family Physicians urges our state’s elected officials to preserve this important program as they negotiate the final version of Medicaid reform.
“We must continue this important model of care as we transition our state’s Medicaid program,” said Thomas R. White, MD, President of the NC Academy of Family Physicians. “And we must preserve the medical home model well into the future. Our elected officials simply should not ignore the latest evidence that medical homes save money and improve care.”
The Audit report concluded that CCNC saves the state approximately $312 per recipient per year, translating to hundreds of millions of dollars in annual savings. Members of the NC General Assembly requested the audit and even vetted the medical researchers who conducted the study. The results were consistent with several other independent reports indicating that the medical home model consistently saves the state hundreds of dollars per Medicaid recipient each year.
“Today, over 90% of our state's primary care physicians serve Medicaid patients. They do so in part because of the efficient delivery system we've built,” Dr. White said. “This audit report once again proves this is a system worth saving, no matter what Medicaid reforms are ultimately implemented in North Carolina.”
About the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, Inc.
The North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, Inc. (NCAFP) is a non-profit professional association based in Raleigh representing approximately 3,700 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students across North Carolina. It is the largest medical specialty association in the state and is a constituent chapter of the 120,900 member-strong American Academy of Family Physicians, based in Leawood, KS.