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N. CAROLINA: Direct Primary Care Contributes to Union County’s Cost Savings

Health improvement and patient engagement driving cost reductions
By NC Academy of Family Physicians

Union County, North Carolina is on track to save $1 million in health care claims under its first year contract with Paladina Health, a direct primary care (DPC) organization.

According to Union County HR Executive Mark Watson, the county is the first public, self-insured employer in the state to offer this type of plan, starting in April 2015. Union County has offered consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) since 2003. Adding the DPC option has not only saved Union County on claims, but has improved health outcomes for almost 70 percent of patients according to Watson.

37 percent of Union County’s 1,983 covered lives use the DPC option and can receive preventive care from a board-certified physician at a clinic located conveniently near the sheriff’s office, Human Services, and other government buildings.

Posted: Wednesday, April. 27, 2016

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