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As more primary care practices look to adopt the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, a new report shows that it may be effective in reducing the cost of care and the number of visits patients make to the Emergency Department (ED...
Q. How big an impact will the continuing growth in medical homes and ACOs have on the reduction in preventable readmissions?  “If we recognize that avoidable readmissions are the ultimate stamp of a fragmented health care system, then the...
Family physicians in the throes of creating patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices, learning about medical neighborhoods, and gaining full functionality of their electronic health records (EHRs) may appreciate a new report that...
As regulators and health policy experts try to determine the effectiveness of patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), one evaluator says they shouldn't all be judged by the same measuring stick. Instead, those questioning the cost and...
Health IT offers the opportunity to expand upon the patient-centered medical home, according to a report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Though many providers are working closely with other medical providers, they...
Although Medicare's proposed complex care management billing code might seem like a help to patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), not all PCMH supporters like the idea. Medicare -- the country's largest healthcare payer -- should move...
While the patient-centered medical home has been touted as the foundation for a better coordinated and more efficient healthcare system, experts now say medical home practices need to be connected to other parts of the healthcare system....
Many healthcare providers and payers are moving forward with patient-centered medical homes to improve primary care and care coordination and reduce costs, despite mixed research evidence of the cost-effectiveness of this major delivery...
Medicare understands the value of primary care, but the process of increasing payments to such providers may be more difficult than the program realizes, a former head of the American Academy of Family Physicians said here. The Centers...
The entire healthcare community is looking for ways to reduce costs and confusion, while yielding better patient outcomes. New reimbursement models being tested by Medicare, private payers and think tanks aim to consider all the entities...
After returning from a Nevada hiking trip in June, Catherine Helling, 45, of Dubuque, Iowa, landed in the hospital for cellulitis, a dangerous skin infection. Early into Helling's six-day stay, her internist visited, coordinated Helling's...
Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions generate a set fee for each visit to the Center for Primary Care in Augusta, Ga. Yet that visit will generate numerous tasks—including making referrals to calling in prescriptions to answering...
According to presenters at a June 6 policy summit(fora.tv) on health care innovation here, the lower health care costs the United States is experiencing may be due, in part, to the growing use of innovative payment and delivery models of...
The beloved family doctor who once coordinated your medical care, took late-night phone calls and guided you reassuringly through the health care maze largely disappeared about the time the iconic TV series "Marcus Welby, M.D." went off...
Building a strong foundation in primary care-based medical homes is vital to furthering delivery and payment reforms, health policy experts said here Friday. "If you have strong primary care, you can improve health outcomes, you can lower...
“Medical home” has become a term of art within the current wave of health reform.  It’s in the medical literature, on the internet and embedded in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. There is much debate over what “...
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) opened its 98th annual meeting with a keynote speech by Paul Grundy, MD, Global Director of Healthcare Transformation at IBM, urging adoption of a new system of...
Last week, the Fifth Annual Medical Home Summit was held in Philadelphia, attracting more than 300 physicians, practice managers and other industry members to discuss the current state of practices moving to the patient-centered medical...
Beginning with the death of his father from an avoidable hospital-acquired infection, David Goldhill launches an indictment of the U.S. health care system which, he shows in his book “Catastrophic Care,” is fraught with ineffective care,...
Amy Gibson is Chief Operating Officer for the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) and has been working for over a decade to promote and improve access to medical homes.  Prior to PCPCC, she worked for the Boys Town...

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