The patient-centered medical home’s star appears to be rising. Thirty-eight states are testing this model of care in some way, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy. The federal health system reform law, passed this spring, includes several provisions encouraging the concept.
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So what is a patient-centered medical home (PCMH), and what does it mean for otolaryngologists?
Redefining the Concept
The American College of Physicians (ACP) defines the PCMH as a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous, coordinated care throughout a patient’s lifetime to maximize health outcomes. The practice is responsible for providing for all of a patient’s health care needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals.