Empanelment is the act of assigning individual patients to individual primary care providers (PCP) and care teams with sensitivity to patient and family preference. Empanelment is the basis for population health management and the key to continuity of care. The goal of focusing on a population of patients is to ensure that every established patient receives optimal care, whether he/she regularly comes in for visits or not. Accepting responsibility for a finite number of patients, instead of the universe of patients seeking care in the practice, allows the provider and care team to focus more directly on the needs of each patient.
Key changes for Empanelment:
Empanelment: Establishing Patient-Provider Relationships
This Implementation Guide offers step-by-step instructions for assigning and managing panels and strategies for sustaining the effort over time.
Patient Acuity Rubric
Determining the Right Panel Size
Addressing Staff Pushback for Empanelment
Sample PCP Assignment Policy
Scripting for Appointment Scheduling
Sample Provider Staffing and Scheduling Policy
Accommodating Part-Time Providers and Residents in the Medical Home (August 3, 2010)
Moderator: Donna Daniel, PhD, Qualis Health
Speakers: L. Gordon Moore, MD, Ideal Medical Practices; Rob Reid, MD, PhD, Group Health Research Institute; Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at the Group Health Research Institute
Audio & video program
Primary Care Renewal Core Components: Change Packages (July 2009)