Measuring the Value Functions of Primary Care: Physician-Level Continuity of Care Quality Measure

Mingliang Dai, Denise Pavletic, Jill C. Shuemaker, Craig A. Solid and Robert L. Phillips

Continuity of care (CoC) is a central tenet of primary care and is associated with fewer hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits, better patterns of care utilization, lower costs for patients with chronic conditions and residents of long-term care facilities, and lower mortality.113 Despite this, the translation of CoC from a research construct to a clinical quality measure had been limited to a single National Quality Forum (NQF)-endorsed measure (Continuity of Primary Care for Children With Medical Complexity [NQF #3153]; endorsed in 2017), for which endorsement was removed in 2020 because the measure was withdrawn by the developer. Measures endorsed by the NQF, a not-for-profit and non-partisan organization, serve as an important foundation to improve value and safety in health care. To address the lack of clinical quality measurement of a central tenet of primary care and to promote CoC as a quality indicator for primary care physicians (PCPs), the American Board of Family Medicine developed and rigorously tested the validity and reliability of the Measuring the Value-Functions of Primary Care: Physician-Level Continuity of Care measure as a component of its Measures That Matter to Primary Care initiative. The measure received full NQF endorsement in December 2021 (NQF #3617).

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