High-Value Primary Care

Employers know that primary care is essential to a healthy work force 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 may also reduce the negative effects of income inequality and is associated with more effective and equitable health services.

Through a range of programs and initiatives, PBGH supports and advances a strong primary care system by incentivizing integrated and coordinated care that puts patients at the center.

Programs and Initiatives


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.


National Health Plan Playbook

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A first-of-its-kind tool backed by the purchasing power of more than two dozen large employers, the Health Plan Playbook allows purchasers to influence health plan spending decisions in support of higher-value, more equitable care.


Payment Reform and Quality Improvement

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PBGH works with policymakers to advance the development and application of alternative payment models that hold providers accountable for quality of care.


Behavioral Health Integration

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PBGH is supporting the development of tools and systems that can enhance the continuity and coordination of physical and mental health in the primary care setting.


Influencing Policy (Prog)

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Health care’s unrelenting annual cost increases—up 4.6% in 2018 alone to $3.6 trillion, or $11,172 per person—have become untenable for purchasers and consumers alike, limiting employers’ ability to grow and compete globally and imposing an intolerable financial burden on patients.