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The American health care system is slowly moving toward a model of care that emphasizes primary care and prevention, but Marci Nielsen says more needs to be done. It’s something that Nielsen continues to advocate for. She is the CEO of...
Researchers found 17 practices operating as "medical homes" in Pennsylvania significantly reduced costs for high-risk patients -- countering negative results published last month that looked at the same patient-centered medical home (PCMH...
March 20, 2014 05:20 pm Sheri Porter – What's the best way to bring a good idea to fruition? Make sure people know about it. That's exactly what the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) did last year when it launched an...
The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model for practice redesign to assure that people are provided safe, comprehensive, coordinated, and personalized health care.  However, most primary care residency programs are not fully...
Improving health care in the United States is not an easy venture. With high and rising costs and room for improvement in the quality of care delivered, national, state, and local efforts have engendered a renewed focus on primary care: in...
A patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model resulted in reduced costs of care, unnecessary emergency room (ER) and hospital visits, and improved population health, according to a research report by the Patient-Centered Primary Care...
Forgive me for preaching to the choir, but another round-up of studies released this week re-confirms what we already know: Patient-centered medical homes improve health outcomes and reduce costs. In fact, the question is no longer "will...
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...

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