Patient-Centered Medical Home: What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)?

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a model of care in which patients are engaged in a direct relationship with a chosen provider who coordinates a cooperative team of healthcare professionals, takes collective responsibility for the comprehensive integrated care provided to the patient, and advocates and arranges appropriate care with other qualified providers and community resources as needed.

PCMH practices develop transdisciplinary care teams to improve care coordination and care management of patient populations aiming to improve safety, efficiency and quality in patient care. By becoming a recognized PCMH, practices can improve care delivery and take advantage of private or public incentive payments that reward patient-centered medical homes. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers enhanced federal funding to states for health homes serving Medicaid beneficiaries. Provider groups and healthcare organizations can visit their federal and state government and private insurers’ websites for information on funding and reimbursement initiatives.

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