Advanced Primary Care

The Problem We’re Solving For:

Employers know that primary care is essential to a healthy workforce and employees’ access to a high-value health care system. Studies show that robust systems of primary care can lower overall health care utilization, disease and death rates and increase the use of preventive services.

Strong primary care also may reduce the negative effects of income inequality and is associated with more effective and equitable health services. Despite the enormous benefits, a host of existing market dynamics continue to severely constrain primary care’s potential, including misaligned financial incentives, infrastructure barriers and a lack of integration with other elements of care — including behavioral health.

That’s why PBGH has developed a set of advanced primary care attributes used by payers, providers and health care purchasers to incentivize high-quality, lower-cost primary care with patients at the center of every interaction. We are working to scale high-quality primary care through the development of a national network that is vetted to include a region’s highest performing primary and specialty care practices.

PBGH’s approach to advanced primary care redirects existing health care spend to high-quality, equitable and evidence-based care while holding total cost flat.

What We’re Working Toward:

PBGH and its members are working toward a model of ‘advanced primary care’ that:

  • Redirects current health care spending to primary care and changes the way primary care is paid for, moving away from a fee-for-service system and toward flexible and prospective population-based payment.
  • Uses rigorous outcomes and quality metrics to identify high-performing providers and drive patients to those providers.
  • Enables comprehensive care that includes screenings and management of behavioral and social needs.
  • Makes available clinical and claims data needed to enable coordinated care between primary care teams and other care providers, including a referral network to high-performing specialists.
  • Uses tools and systems to address social determinants of health that support population-based care and the provision of care management for patients with chronic conditions.


A History of Pioneering Advanced Primary Care

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PBGH has been a pioneer in defining and promoting the adoption of advanced primary care.

PBGH System of Excellence

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The PBGH System of Excellence for advanced primary care with precision specialty referrals offers employers a way to supplement existing health plan offerings.

California Advanced Primary Care Initiative

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The California Advanced Primary Care Initiative is an effort to strengthen the primary care delivery system throughout the state.

Advanced Primary Care Resources

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Through successive initiatives and in collaboration with a diverse group of committed stakeholders, PBGH has spearheaded efforts to create a blueprint for optimized primary care.


Better Employee Health, Increased Productivity and Lower Costs

Advanced Primary Care Request for Information

Advanced Primary Care Request for Information 1.0

The Journey to Advanced Primary Care

Advanced Primary Care Measurement Pilot

Advanced Primary Care Measure Set

PCC Shared Principles of Primary Care

Advanced Primary Care: Defining a Shared Standard

Advanced Primary Care: Defining a Shared Standard Technical Brief

Past Events and Training

March 30, 2022

CQC Webinar – Advanced Primary Care: Piloting Practice Level Measurement

A webinar describing the next step in California’s journey to scale high quality, efficient and patient-centered primary care, also known as Advanced Primary Care (APC).

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March 31, 2021

CQC Webinar: Increase Depression Screening

In this meeting, attendees shared challenges and questions related to depression screening at their organizations, and identified a next step they could apply at their own organizations.