Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

Overview

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an emerging care delivery model designed to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for people of all ages and medical conditions. In this approach to health care delivery, information technologies provide essential connectivity that allows family physicians to play a central role in coordinating and monitoring all aspects of the patient’s care. At the same time, the model requires that the patient become actively engaged in his or her own health care.

To fully achieve its potential, the Patient Centered Medical Home requires fundamental reform of the payment system. The AAFP has advocated for new reimbursement mechanisms that can support family physicians in their efforts to manage, direct, and monitor high-quality preventative, acute, and chronic care. The AAFP also has consistently backed Congressional actions aimed at bringing features of the Patient Centered Medical Home to beneficiaries of federally supported health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

The Patient Centered Medical Home represents a unique opportunity for a primary care emphasis and for family physicians as primary care providers. The AAFP is taking an active role in implementing this critical initiative, both for family physicians and their patients. 


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