The Patient Centered Medical Home: Principles and Recognition Process

The Patient Centered Medical Home: Principles and Recognition Process

The Patient Centered Medical Home: Principles and Recognition Process

The Patient Centered Medical Home: Principles and Recognition Process

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The patient centered medical home (PCMH) model has become a cornerstone of primary care redesign. While the concept of the medical home was first introduced for pediatric settings by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1967, the major primary care physician associations developed and endorsed the joint principles of the PCMH in 2007. Since then, the PCMH concept has become increasingly important as Medicare, Medicaid agencies, health plans, and other payers seek to improve the quality of care they purchase and control their costs. Based on recent information collected by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), there are nearly 500 public and private medical home initiatives across the United States. Payers and others are working to gather evidence of the effects of different approaches to implementing the medical home model, so the model can be refined and adapted to the varied needs of patients, practices, and regions. This course will provide information and resources for working with practices as they seek and attain PCMH recognition, which is the process through which a practice achieves its status as a medical home. This process is also sometimes referred to as “accreditation” or “certification.” Understanding the principles of the PCMH will help you support practices through the recognition process while ensuring that the objectives of true practice transformation to a PCMH do not get lost as practices document the processes needed to achieve PCMH status.

COURSE INFORMATION

30 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2020-11-18Updated 2020-11-18

Course Objectives

  • Describe the five core principles and functions of the PCMH.
  • Describe the main PCMH recognition programs, as well as the factors that should be considered when a practice selects a recognition program.
  • Locate resources available for ongoing PCMH initiatives.
  • Describe the major PCMH payment models currently in use.
  • Locate sources to stay apprised of new developments related to the PCMH.

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