Benefits of the PCMH: Why Transform?

Practice Improvement Checklists

Get guidance for your practice, regardless of where you are on the transformation spectrum.

For AAFP members, access all three checklists in one: Getting Started, Building on Change, and Sustaining Success.

Why Transform to a PCMH?

Building a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) requires hard work from you and your practice team. There are no shortcuts—change requires time, money, dedication, and sustained effort, and you will not see results overnight. Faced with these challenges, practice transformation seems a daunting prospect. But the need for change is real: Health care in the United States is moving away from a volume-based payment system and toward a value-based system. The effort you put into PCMH transformation not only positions you to better respond to this changing health care landscape, but with time, it also benefits your patients, your practice, and your bottom line.

Benefits for Your Patients

  • Better coordinated, more comprehensive and personalized care
  • Improved access to medical care and services
  • Improved health outcomes, especially for patients who have chronic conditions

Benefits for Your Practice

  • Joy in practice: increased physician and staff member satisfaction
  • Physicians and staff members who practice at the top of their licenses
  • Improved safety and quality of care

Benefits for Your Bottom Line

  • A more efficient use of practice resources, resulting in cost savings
  • A practice equipped to take advantage of PCMH payment incentives for adopting the functions of a patient-centered medical home
  • A practice that is better prepared for enhanced payment under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs)
  • A practice that is primed to participate in accountable care organizations

Get Started with the Practice Improvement Checklists

Practice transformation can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. Our Practice Improvement Checklists offer guidance for your practice—regardless of where you are on the transformation spectrum.

Getting Started provides the basic steps needed to ensure your practice has the infrastructure in place. The next step is to begin Building on Change in those areas requiring immediate attention or the least amount of time. When you are ready for more advanced activities, move to Sustaining Success.

These checklists have been structured so that you are not required to complete one before moving on to the next. Rather, you may find yourself moving from one to another and back again.

Download the Practice Improvement Checklists »(4 page PDF)

Practice Improvement Checklists

Get guidance for your practice, regardless of where you are on the transformation spectrum.

For AAFP members, access all three checklists in one: Getting Started, Building on Change, and Sustaining Success.