One of the aims of SIM is to improve the patient experience of care. This aim can benefit not only the patients, but the clinics treating them as well. To improve the patient experience, it is important to get the patient’s perspective. The SIM evaluation is using a modified version of the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS) survey to assess the care experiences of commercially insured and Medicaid patients in Connecticut. The survey was sent to a sample of adult (18 or older) patients in CT who had made a visit to a primary care provider in the prior six months.
One notable finding is that Medicaid recipients tended to report better care experiences than did commercially insured patients. However, in both 2017 and 2018, 78% of commercially insured individuals rated their provider a “9” or “10”, the highest rating on a scale of 0 to 10. Among Medicaid recipients, 71% (2017) and 72% (2018) gave a rating of 9 or 10. No significant or consistent differences emerged by race and ethnicity. Ongoing analyses will assess the extent to which differences in patient characteristics account for differences in CAHPS scores by source of coverage and year.