Category Archives: Health Care Reform: Medical Homes

A Promising Model to Advance Patient-Centeredness and Equity in Health Care

One of the emerging models of health care delivery system re-design is the concept of a “medical home”. In 2007, the American Academy of Family Practice, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians and American Osteopathic Association issued a Joint Principles defining patient-centered medical homes.

While the specific terminology and elements of a medical home (also being called a “health care home”, “primary care home” or “advanced primary care practice”) vary, the core idea is that everyone should have a partnership with a primary care provider who will provide access to comprehensive, coordinated, high quality health care.

Medical homes will be given a huge catalyst with the imminent widespread adoption of health information technology by physician practices, community health centers and hospitals.

I have compiled some key analyses and background resources on the concept of medical homes.

AAPCHO: Practice Transformation Resources

This annotated bibliography of resources to support the transformation of physician practice in becoming patient-centered medical homes has been published by the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). The resources are especially useful for community health centers but … Continue reading

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National Committee for Quality Assurance: Request for Comments on Proposed 2014 Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is requesting public comments on proposed changes to its Patient-Centered Medical Home standards, to become effective in 2014.  Among the proposed changes are the consolidation of standards from six standards to five standards … Continue reading

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Massachusetts eHealth Initiative: ACO Readiness for Community Health Centers

This flyer describes a project being implemented by the Massachusetts eHealth Initiative to assess the readiness of three community health centers (CHCs) – Family Health Center of Worcester, Harbor Health Services, and Lynn Community Health Center – to operationalize strategies … Continue reading

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National Academy for State Health Policy: State Policymakers’ Guide for Advancing Health Equity through Health Reform Implementation

This policy brief from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) describes opportunities for states to advance health equity through implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), profiling planning and implementation activities in Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, … Continue reading

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Commonwealth Fund: Primary Care – Our First Line of Defense

This is the first of a series of publications produced by The Commonwealth Fund intended to explain health care reform concepts to consumers.  Using larger fonts, photos, and infographics, the publication explains concepts of primary care, medical homes, and accountable … Continue reading

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National Committee for Quality Assurance: Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has released standards to recognize specialty practices as “Patient-Centered Specialty Practices”.  These standards complement NCQA’s standards for recognizing primary care practices as Patient-Centered Medical Homes and largely follow the same basic framework.  The … Continue reading

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The Commonwealth Fund: Facilitating Improvement in Primary Care – The Promise of Practice Coaching

This issue brief from The Commonwealth Fund describes how practice coaching, also called practice facilitation,  can support quality improvement in primary care practices. Link to Original Source

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Developing and Running a Primary Care Practice Facilitation Program: A How-To Guide

This guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a comprehensive resource for developing and implementing a primary care practice facilitation program.  Practice facilitation has emerged as a best practice for assisting physician practices transform into patient-centered medical … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Five Key Considerations for Health Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has produced this technical assistance brief for states considering Medicaid state plan amendments to implement the health homes authorized by section 27023 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The five … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: States Approved for Affordable Care Act Section 2703 Health Homes

This matrix describes the approved state plan amendments from Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Missouri (two plans), New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island (two plans), and Wisconsin, implementing Medicaid health homes under section 2703 of the Patient Protection and Affordable … Continue reading

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