Risk Stratification in Primary Care: Value-Based Contributions of Provider Adjudication.

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In primary care risk stratification, automated algorithms do not consider the same factors as providers. The process of adjudication, in which providers review and adjust algorithm-derived risk scores, may improve the prediction of adverse outcomes.We assessed the patient factors that influenced provider adjudication behavior and evaluated the performance of an adjudicated risk model against a commercial algorithm.(1) Structured interviews with primary care providers (PCP) and multivariable regression analysis and (2) receiver operating characteristic curves (ROC) with sensitivity analyses.Primary care patients aged 18 years and older with an adjudicated risk score. APPROACH AND MAIN MEASURES: (1) Themes from structured interviews and discrete variables associated with provider adjudication behavior; (2) comparison of concordance statistics and sensitivities between risk models.47,940 patients were adjudicated by PCPs in 2018. Interviews revealed that, in adjudication, providers consider disease severity, presence of self-management skills, behavioral health, and whether a risk score is actionable. Provider up-scoring from the algorithmic risk score was significantly associated with patient male sex (OR 1.24, CI 1.15-1.34), age > 65 (OR 2.55, CI 2.24-2.91), Black race (1.26, CI 1.02-1.55), polypharmacy >10 medications (OR 4.87, CI 4.27-5.56), a positive depression screen (OR 1.57, CI 1.43-1.72), and hemoglobin A1c >9 (OR 1.89, CI 1.52-2.33). Overall, the adjudicated risk model performed better than the commercial algorithm for all outcomes: ED visits (c-statistic 0.689 vs. 0.684, p 

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Authors: Brian C Ricci, Jonathan Sachs, Konrad Dobbertin, Faiza Khan, David A Dorr