Crowfoot and Taber clinics – case study evaluation
December 9, 2019
The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) has released a new report showing evidence of the value, cost, and quality of care delivered by two primary care clinics in Alberta. Both clinics operate under an alternate funding model. Alternate funding models are designed so that healthcare providers are paid a prospective amount to cover services provided to patients within a specific period of time, versus a fee-for-service model more typical in Alberta primary care clinics.
For the past 20 years, Crowfoot Village Family Practice (CVFP) and The Taber Clinic (TC) have operated successfully under this structure. The HQCA decided to take a closer look at what makes them successful and answer a simple question: Does this model provide better value for Albertans?
The HQCA found that the alternate funding model used by CVFP and TC enabled the design and delivery of a team-based practice model that provides comprehensive, cost-effective care that provides downstream cost-savings to the health system. In 2016-17, the practice models delivered by CVFP and TC realized health system cost savings of $4.3 million and $7.2 million respectively. This trend of health system cost savings has been consistent since 2007-08 with 10-year accumulated savings of $57.3 million and $62.2 million respectively.