Friday, August 12, 2011

Patient-Centered Medical Home Poised to Transform Health Care

A recently released policy paper, written by the Urban Institute’s Robert Berenson, Kelly Devers and Rachel Burton, examines the promise of the medical home model of care and concludes it has the potential to transform health care delivery, but that organizations promoting the model should tread carefully. The paper reviews the positive feedback it has received but warns that providers, policy-makers and others should wait to implement it before evidence of the model’s effectiveness is available.

The paper notes that stakeholder organizations have yet to agree on a definition and set of standard components for a practice to be considered a medical home. The model is currently being tested in dozens of pilots nationwide that could answer questions about whether medical homes actually improve the quality of care and the health outcomes of patients, which components of the medical home model have the largest impact on these outcomes and what levels of reimbursement are needed to get providers to engage in the desired activities.

Click here to read a summary of the paper.

Click here to read the paper in its entirety.

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