The Path to Coordinated Federal Leadership to Strengthen Primary Health Care

Nov 4, 2022
Robert L. Phillips Jr, Christopher F. Koller, and Alice Hm Chen for The Milbank Memorial Fund
The 2021 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care defined a need for coordinated primary care leadership at the federal level. n a new Milbank Memorial Fund report, the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care’s Robert L. Phillips, Jr., Milbank Memorial Fund’s Christopher F. Koller, and Covered California’s Alice Hm Chen expand on NASEM recommendations and call for congressional support to establish an Office of Primary Care at the federal level to coordinate existing primary care services and provide oversight to initiatives focused on workforce training, behavioral health integration, clinical comprehensiveness, and payment. According to the authors, creating a robust investment in federal leadership in primary health care that includes a triad of a US Health and Human Services Secretary’s Council on Primary Care, a Primary Care Advisory Committee, and an Office of Primary Care will be essential to addressing the country’s four most important public health challenges: health inequities, pandemic response and resilience, the opioid epidemic, and access to mental health services.
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