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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...
The Primary Care Collaborative is criticizing an Annals of Internal Medicine report that concluded there wasn't enough evidence to determine the patient-centered medical-home practice model's effect on clinical outcomes and costs. The...
Half of the country has moved toward patient-centered medical homes in the past six years, according to a Health Affairs study. Since 2006, 25 states have implemented new payment systems or revised existing ones in which primary care...
It was another reminder that patients lie at the heart of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), a theme considered so important that the one-day meeting devoted an entire segment to it.  The need to engage patients and their families...
A new health report released by the Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) documents the adoption of the patient-centered medical home model (PCMH) in the U.S. as nothing short of impressive."The number of medical home providers has grown to...
The Amerigroup Foundation announced its support of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians' (GAFP) second generation of its Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH) University, granting $50,000 to assist in successfully implementing the...

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