United States Air Force Testimony Before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense

Air Force Medical Home integrates the patient into the health care team, offering aggressive prevention and personalized intervention. Physicians will not just evaluate their patients for disease to provide treatment, but also to identify risk of disease, including genetic, behavioral, environmental and occupational risks. The health care team will encourage healthy lifestyle behavior, and success will be measured by how healthy they keep their patients, rather than by how many treatments they provide. Our goal is that people will live longer lives with less morbidity. We are already seeing how PCMH is bringing that goal to fruition. For example, diabetes management at Hill AFB, Utah, showed an improvement in glycemic control in 77 percent of the diabetic population, slowing progression of the disease and saving over $300 thousand per year. 

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