Teaching Programs Prepare Future Primary Care Leaders to Implement New Care Models and Transform Primary Care—I3 Population Health Collaborative

The Affordable Care Act has endorsed patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) as a beneficial new approach to health-care delivery, but transforming existing primary care practices into PCMHs can be challenging.

That's why 27 primary care academic teaching programs across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia came together to form the I3 Population Health Collaborative. The aim: Improve care and to develop new curricula and teaching strategies related to quality improvement, practice redesign, PCMH development and population health management.

The I3 population health collaborative focuses on preparing future primary care physicians and other health professionals to lead PCMHs and strive for improvement in clinical quality and patient experience. Their work has increased access, quality and cost effectiveness of care, and trained and deployed primary care residents in advanced care models.