Broader Look Shows How PCMH Touches Practices, Patients

Dozens of articles each year evaluate progress of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), but a new report takes a broader view to examine how elements of the model in both medical home and nonmedical home practices affect cost, quality and utilization.

Researchers at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care undertook this more expansive examination for the annual report of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. This year's report, titled The Impact of Primary Care Practice Transformation on Cost, Quality and Utilization, seeks "to capture any evidence relevant to 'high-performing' primary care, not merely the PCMH,'" the authors noted.

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