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Medical Homes in the States: Where We Are Now, Where We Are Going
The Campaign for Better Care held a “webinar” on the “patient-centered medical home.” Speakers discussed how the patient-centered medical home can make care better for those who rely on our health care system the most, including seniors, people with disabilities, and people with multiple health problems. Speakers included representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the state of North Carolina’s Community Care program, and the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Key Information to Know about Medical Homes:
What is it?
- The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is not a place it’s a new approach to providing health care to patients.
- In a PCMH a team of health professionals that can include doctors, nurses, social workers, health educators, pharmacists and others work together to provide coordinated, comprehensive, “whole person” care to patients.
- The patient is at the center of the care team, and patients, family caregivers and clinicians are partners in making decisions about care.
Where is it Happening?
- Today, more than half the states have some sort of medical home program in place, and the new health reform law also offers new support for expanding the model.
- Many states have incorporated the medical home into their public health programs, like Medicaid, or partnered with private payers.
Why is it a Good Thing?
- Because it means your health care will be better coordinated and , better coordination means few duplicative tests, better communication between your doctors, and better care for you.
- The PCMH improves access to primary care and increases the focus on preventive care so patients can stay healthy and better manage their conditions.
Watch the Webinar On-Demand!
Visit www.CampaignforBetterCare.org/webinars to watch the webinar, download the presenters’ materials, and learn more about the Campaign’s work to advance high quality, patient- and family-centered care.
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