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.
AAFP Statement to the Finance Commitee on Chronic Illness Hearing - July 25, 2014(4 page PDF)
The Patient-Centered Medical Home; A Better Approach to Healthcare - January 4, 2013(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Chairman Rehberg on FY13 House Mark - July 18, 2012(2 page PDF)
Statement to the Senate Finance Committee Regarding Payment Reform - July 11, 2012(24 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Ways and Means Committee Regarding the Medicare Physician Payment System - May 25, 2012(8 page PDF)
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