PCMH Study Briefing: Lower Cost of Care for Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries

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Washington, DC – A new, independent research study, conducted by RTI International and published in the Health Services Research journal, adds to the evidence that NCQA patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) deliver lower cost and drive more appropriate health care utilization.

The study focused on participants in the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) program, comparing 308 PCMHs recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) with a sample of nearly 2,000 non-accredited PCMHs across three years, beginning in July of 2008.

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