Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) are growing in number across the U.S. The medical home is no longer just a concept, thanks to provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which call for the government to begin supporting efforts to establish and test medical homes.
Patient Centered Medical Homes are being Developed Country-Wide
Currently, more than 40 states are developing patient-centered medical home programs through the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center, formed through the ACA, supports the advancement of primary care services through its Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, a public/private collaboration that provides funding for primary care activities that take place outside of the physician-patient visit. As well, the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration includes 500 community health centers in 44 states that are receiving funding to reorganize as patient-centered medical homes.
PCMHs are NOT Just Government Solutions—Employers and Insurers are Involved!
But it’s not just government that is promoting the rapid growth of PCMHs. A multitude of healthcare stakeholders are either starting or supporting PCMH initiatives, including medical groups, medical societies, insurers, quality organizations, and large employers. The patient-centered medical home is gaining ground because it provides a solution to a big industry problem: lack of patient-centered care. By coordinating all care through the primary care medical practice, the PCMH is poised to address the healthcare needs of growing numbers of patients with chronic, complex conditions and the Baby Boomers who are entering their senior years.
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