Medical Home Model of Patient Care
As described by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), the medical home is best defined as "a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It has become a widely accepted model for how primary care should be organized and delivered throughout the healthcare system, and is a philosophy of healthcare delivery that encourages providers and care teams to meet patients where they are, from the most simple to the most complex conditions. Above all, the medical home is not a final destination, instead, it is a model for achieving primary care excellence so that care is received in the right place, at the right time, and in the manner that best suits a patient's needs."
Research and Evidence of Medical Home Effectiveness
Many peer-reviewed studies have been conducted on medical home effectiveness and have found that the model helps to improve quality, reduce costs and enhance patient satisfaction. Please visit the PCPCC and NCQA websites for more information.
Why Become a Medical Home?
Many primary care providers chose to provide services in the style of a medical home because of their dedication to their profession and desire to provide high-quality care. Some have gone through a program to be formally recognized or accredited for this, while some have not. Some providers pursue formal medical home accreditation because it is becoming a recognized standard of care, or because it is encouraged by professional associations and/or payers that they are working with.
Medical Home Initiatives in Colorado
In Colorado, there are many variations of Medical Home models in varying phases of implementations, from smaller programs through private payers in addition to larger, statewide initiatives such as the State Innovation Model (SIM), which is currently in the testing phase.
One example is the Colorado Medical Home Initiative, which is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to promote the medical home approach in Colorado.
Additionally, the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians has endorsed the Colorado Primary Care Collaborative (CPCC), which is dedicated to advancing primary care via the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) by focusing on delivery reform, payment reform, patient engagement, workforce training, and benefit redesign.
Pursuing Medical Home Recognition or Certification
If you are interested in pursuing certification, our Transformation Support Services team provides hands-on assistance and guidance to primary care practices and medical clinics. You can read about this in one of our recent newsletter articles.