The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a model of care that aims to transform the delivery of comprehensive primary care to children, adolescents, and adults.
Through the medical home model, practices seek to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the care they deliver while responding to each patient’s unique needs and preferences. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of PCMH transformation—healthy skepticism, just getting started, in the middle of practice redesign, or implementing advanced concepts—the adoption of PCMH concepts can benefit your practice, your patients, and your bottom line.
The 2007 Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home(3 page PDF)—as developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Osteopathic Association—are as follows:
A number of nationwide PCMH recognition and accreditation programs exist. Although some practices are required to complete a recognition program (e.g., for participation in an accountable care organization or a PCMH incentive program), PCMH recognition for many practices is voluntary. You do not have to participate in a recognition program in order to begin or complete PCMH transformation.
Learn more about PCMH recognition programs.
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Follow the steps to a Patient-Centered Medical Home with the PCMH Planner, an online resource from the AAFP.
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The Patient-Centered Medical Home