There's a scene in the 1996 movie Independence Day where Harvey Fierstein (right), trapped in traffic trying to escape the shadow of an ominous alien ship, calls his doctor's office. Informed that Dr. Katz is not available, Fierstein screams "For $300 an hour, you can put me through to his house in the Hamptons!"
Had Fierstein been a patient with access to Group Health Cooperative's medical homes, his doctor could have called him, reminded him to take his blood pressure medication and scheduled a date for a follow-up visit.
On Wednesday, we began a series of blog posts that will highlight the innovative work being done by members of Health CEOs for Health Reform -- a New America Foundation coalition of industry CEOs and physicians committed to improving our health system.
Today, we'll examine the innovations in primary care made by the Group Health Cooperative -- a consumer-governed, integrated health care system covering over 600,000 individuals and delivering care in one of the largest integrated group practices in the Pacific Northwest. In the video below, Group Health president and CEO, Scott Armstrong, MBA, explains why his organization decided to adopt a medical home model for primary care, how they restructured their system, and the impressive results that followed.