June 23, 2008
Vol. I, No. 3
Children's Access to Medical Homes Varies
Widely Across States
Children's access to medical homes - PCPs who deliver healthcare services that are easily accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent — varies widely across states, according to the State Scorecard published by The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. The scorecard determined that 61 percent of children in New Hampshire and over half of all children in all the New England states have a medical home, compared with only one-third in Mississippi. The report focused on 13 performance indicators of access, quality, costs, equity and the potential to lead healthy lives.
HealthSounds Podcast: Assessing a Practice's Readiness to Become a Medical Home
Redesigning a practice into one that is more efficient and patient-centered begins with a readiness assessment tool and goal-setting with key organization members, says Dr. John Michos, medical director of the Virginia Health Quality Center. Getting health IT and its associated efficiencies into a physician practice will help transform it into a medical home, but so will mapping communications processes for patient interactions such as phone calls, discharges and other situations.
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CDPHP Practices to Pioneer First Albany Patient-Centered Medical Home Project
The physician-directed plan CDPHP® has announced a two-year patient-centered medical home project designed to address the national primary care crisis and transform primary care practice and payment models in the Albany region. The plan is partnerning with several industry experts, including TransforMED CEO Terry McGeeney, M.D., M.B.A. McGeeney's organization recently concluded a two-year, $8 million national demonstration project to test the patient-centered medical home model of care in family medicine practices of varying sizes across the country.
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The Medical Home: Disruptive Innovation for a New Primary Care Model
In a medical home model, primary care clinicians and allied professionals provide conventional diagnostic and therapeutic services, as well as coordination of care for patients that require services not available in primary care settings. This white paper examines medical home models, their savings potential and the implications for policymakers and key industry stakeholders. The paper also offers compelling arguments in favor of medical home adoption.
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