Medical Home Monitor
Medical Home Monitor
April 21, 2008
Vol. I, No. 1

Medical Home Monitor Archives

Medical Home Q&A:
Learning from Early
Champions of
the Medical Home

Medical Home Monitor

Q: What can the healthcare industry learn from pediatricians, the earliest adopters of the patient-centered model of care?

A: (Elizabeth Reardon, consultant, Office of Community Programs, Commonwealth Medicine, a division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School) The first thing is a real awareness that a chronic condition really exists over a lifespan. The second thing is an awareness of a good division of labor between the family and the parents and the people who support the child and the practice. The other good thing that the medical home model brings to chronic care is a more sensitive awareness of how you connect with community.

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Dear Healthcare Intelligence Network Client,

Welcome to the first issue of the Medical Home Monitor, a monthly e-newsletter that will track the construction of medical homes around the country and their impact on healthcare access, quality, utilization and cost. As providers and payors reframe care delivery, this e-newsletter will cover the pilots, practice transformations, tools and technology that will guide healthcare organizations toward clinical excellence.

Patricia Donovan
Editor, Medical Home Monitor

AAMC Adopts Position On "Medical Home" System Of Care

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has adopted a formal position on the medical home model of healthcare delivery, which provides patients with a coordinated, comprehensive approach to primary care. The position statement addresses the AAMC's stand on reimbursement, provider training and the medical home's place in academic and community settings.

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HealthSounds Podcast: Payors' Challenge — Marketing the Medical Home to Consumers

UnitedHealthcare Senior Vice President of Clinical Innovation Dawn Bazarko explains the challenge of marketing the medical home to the commercial population and the fundamental change to the healthcare service model that will result.

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Improving Care Coordination for Medicare Beneficiaries Who Are Chronically Ill

A new report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, "Tracking the Care of Patients with Severe Chronic Illness: The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care 2008," suggests that the primary care medical home could provide a model for coordination of care of the chronically ill, especially if implemented as an element of a virtual or real organized delivery system where the other component parts (hospitals, specialists) had incentives to collaborate.

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Medical Homes: Awareness and Early Successes

Early pilots of the patient-centered medical home model are making good on the promise of improved outcomes, compliance and care. This white paper offers an overview of the medical home concept as well as highlights from 188 healthcare organization responses to HIN's 2008 non-scientific online survey on the medical home at work.

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