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The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) continues to show staying power as one of the healthcare industry’s most effective cost-cutting and quality-boosting initiatives, says the latest annual reportfrom the Patient-Centered Primary Care...
WASHINGTON — The following is a statement from W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, director of integrated health care with the American Psychological Association, regarding the annual report of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, released...
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) has released a new evidence report that looks at the effectiveness of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Published with support from the Milbank Memorial Fund, the fifth annual...
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana’s Quality Blue program will be featured at a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday as a best practice for getting better-quality health care at a more affordable price. The program will be included in the...
The healthcare industry operates in a unique economic niche where the “what you see is what you get” principle that governs most other consumer interactions only vaguely applies.  Patients often walk into the consult room with absolutely...
Are the potential savings and patient care benefits of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) worth the costs?  RAND Corporation is weighing in on the eternal debate over the benefits and drawbacks of implementing the innovative care...
The patient-centered medical home providers a robust framework for the advanced care coordination required to make an accountable care organization successful. Care management is the key to ACO success, but many healthcare organizations...
 Before she found her way to good primary care, a 60-year-old Massachusetts woman named Sharon spent years cycling through the health care system. Although her chronic illnesses remained about the same all during that time, her...
Jeromie Ballreich learned the value of coordinated care all too early, when as a college student, he suffered a severe spinal cord injury while swimming and nearly drowned.  Ballreich spoke about coordinating care for chronic illnesses...
When a concerned father told Mary Ann Heran that his daughter, once an enthusiastic student, now hated school and did not want to read, he found more than a sympathetic listener. Heran, the peer care coordinator for the Rhode Island...
Maintaining the staffing and care coordination requirements of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) costs an average of $8600 per month, and even partial implementation of PCMH features can cost approximately $105,000 per full-time...
Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services is betting it can save money while radically improving the health of some of its sickest and most challenging patients. Last March, county health officials began targeting individuals in...
Primary care providers' have mixed views when it comes to changes in healthcare delivery and payment, but many see health information technology as a positive disruption. Health IT received the most positive ratings from providers when it...
A program launched in 2011 by the state's largest health insurer to better coordinate patient care has slowed its overall pace of spending, avoiding millions in costs for the health system and the insured, CareFirst Blue Cross BlueShield...
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model challenges primary care providers to raise the bar on care coordination, population health management, clinical analytics, and access to care, but healthcare organizations that undertake these...
In order for a primary care provider to attain recognition as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH), it has to undergo a number of significant changes to its workflows and processes, including expanding office hours, leveraging health IT...
When Andrew Morris-Singer was in his fourth year of medical school his mother's lungs stopped working. She was put into a medically induced coma because of an atypical pneumonia, a condition that he said would likely have been caught if...
A Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative analysis of the effectiveness of primary care patient-centered medical homes reveals the PCMH movement results in lower costs and decreased utilization. The report, "The Patient-Centered...
Rahul Rajkumar, M.D., J.D., received a call one Friday evening from a family member who said she was taking medication for a urinary tract infection and had a fever of 103 degrees. Rajkumar, a primary care physician and acting deputy...
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is an effective way to reduce healthcare spending while raising quality indicators, says the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) in a new report.  The organization’s annual review of...

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