Report: Patient-centered medical homes lower costs

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  • A new report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative reveals that patient-centered medical homes can reduce healthcare costs as well as curb overuse of the emergency department and overall inpatient hospitalizations. 
  • The report's findings are drawn from 28 publications, including scholarly journals, state government reports and industry reports. Six of 10 scholarly publications the Collaborative reviewed found that the use of PCMHs reduced healthcare costs, and 12 out of 13 reported "improvements in utilization," such as reduced ED visits. 
  • "The evaluations of the PCMH described in the report underscore the growing evidence base that ties the medical home model of care to reductions in health care costs and improvements in quality," Christopher Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, which funded the report, said in a statement
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