The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (www.pcpcc.net) has been a driving force in the spread of the PCMH model of care. In a new report titled Benefits of Implementing the Primary Care Patient-Centered Medical Home, the PCPCC summarizes cost and quality results achieved by more than 30 PCMH projects across the country. The results show that the PCMH model can produce positive results for patient populations in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Examples include:
- Reductions in emergency department utilization
- Reductions in hospital admissions
- Reductions in specialist utilization
- Reductions in overall health care costs
- Improvement in access to care
- Reductions in appointment wait times
- Improvement in cancer screening rates
- Improvement in diabetes care
- Improvement in asthma care
- Improvement in blood pressure management
- Improvement in coronary artery care
- Improvement in medication management
The report includes profiles of dozens of PCMH initiatives, plus references with more detail on each program reviewed. In addition, the report presents four major conclusions:
- As medical home implementation increases, the Triple Aim outcomes of better health, better care, and lower costs are being achieved.
- Medical home expansion has reached the tipping point with broad public and private sector support.
- Investment in the medical home offers both short- and long-term savings for patients, employers, health plans, and policymakers.
- Successful partnerships with patients and families hold great promise for achieving and sustaining transformational change in primary care and across the continuum of care.
This report is being widely disseminated to health care stakeholders, including employers. The report may be of interest to health center board members, staff, and community partners who are looking to learn more about the potential value of the PCMH model of care.
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