The Patient Centered Medical Home is a coordinated approach to providing comprehensive care for patients. The PCMH is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, their personal physicians, and the patient’s family. It is physician-directed, integrated, patient-focused with a focus on quality care and patient safety.
Practices that achieve patient-centered medical home (PCMH) status could realize reduced costs and incentive payments from insurance payers if they see the value in contracting with a PCMH.
Because every primary care practice and its patient population are different, no single pitch makes for a medical home run. But experts do agree on a defined set of principles. The main attributes of a medical home require health care delivery to be:
The four major primary care physician associations — the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association — formalized the medical home concept in a set of "Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home" in 2007.
The principles have since won endorsement from the American Medical Association and more than a dozen other physician organizations, as well as the national Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
As medical care becomes more complex, with greater use of specialists and sophisticated testing and technology, having a primary care team committed to each patient’s health is more important than ever before.
After all, people who have regular contact with their primary care physicians are likely to live longer and be healthier.
A new model of primary care — the patient-centered medical home — was designed to make sure the patient is always at the center of the care team.
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