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The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced today that Ohio now has more than 500 nationally recognized patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices delivering primary health care services across the state. The PCMH care model is one...
August 27, 2014 Hon. Patty Murray    Hon. Sherrod Brown  United States Senate    United States Senate  154 Russell Senate Office Building    713 Hart Senate Office Building  Washington, D.C. 20510    Washington, D.C. 20510 RE: Ensuring...
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $35.7 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 147 health centers in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to support patient-centered medical homes...
The CMS and Oregon are stepping back from an apparent clash over how the state is paying the managed-care organizations serving Medicaid beneficiaries in its nationally watched Medicaid demonstration. State officials and leaders of Oregon'...
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, primary care has been receiving a lot more scrutiny. In many cases across the nation, the health care system hasn’t been providing the most effective or efficient care.  “We’ve had to do a bit...
In 2012, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) sought to support oncologists in addressing what CMMI considered to be among the failings in cancer care— namely, fragmented care, suboptimal outcomes, high costs,...
It was late in the afternoon on a warm Friday in early fall and Doug Sumrell was mowing the lawn outside his suburban home in Evans, Georgia. As he pushed the mower across the yard, Sumrell began to feel faint — his chest tightened and the...
When Medicaid expansion came to Louisville, Ky., it created an opportunity for a population traditionally served by public health clinics to receive healthcare through a wholly different mechanism -- and so far that mechanism appears to be...
Health care policy experts have cautioned that making the transition away from a fee-for-service payment model will be a marathon, not a sprint, yet one accountable care organization (ACO) in Florida has moved quickly out of the gate. ...
The politics of Medicaid are robust and complicated.  However, the complexity of the issue shouldn’t prevent Medicaid patients from receiving timely and quality health care services – especially primary care.  Supporting access to...
After passing both houses of Congress with overwhelming support, legislation designed to increase medical access for military veterans who are struggling to obtain basic health care at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities...
It is well recognized across the health care industry that the major goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) include not only expanding health insurance coverage, but also improving the quality of care and the patient health care experience...
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH), introduced in 2007, is a model of health care that emphasizes personal relationships, team delivery of care, coordination across specialties and care settings, quality and safety improvement, and...
Just six states will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary care doctors, which was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act intended to make sure millions of low-income people enrolling in the...
Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary care doctors, which was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act intended to make sure millions of low-...
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) and value-based purchasing arrangements will be responsible for the care of 130 million patients by 2017, predicts a report by Parks Associates.  Accountable care will generate nearly $1 billion in...
Payment reform in health care is confusing, but the goal is simple: How can health care providers change their economic incentives to encourage value over volume? If you've wondered about how these new payment models work, we’re here to...
New study findings released today confirm that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s patient-centered program is working to improve the coordination of care and lower costs. The 2013 patient-centered study is the largest to date...
Clinician adoption and implementation of health information technology (IT) has increased significantly since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009. Dedicated efforts and large financial incentives have spurred innovation and motivated...
Dr. Bruce Bagley is president and CEO of TransforMED, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which provides guidance and support to physicians implementing patient-centered medical homes. Bagley, a family...

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