The medical home A foundation for transformation
Replacing poorly coordinated, acute-focused, episodic care with coordinated, proactive, preventive, acute, chronic, long-term and end-of-life care is foundational to the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system. Many believe this can be best accomplished by strengthening primary care and having primary care provider-led (PCP) care delivery teams working at the "top of their licenses" at the level for which they are qualified and licensed.
One approach to transforming primary care is the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), or the "medical home" an enhanced primary-care model that provides comprehensive and timely care with appropriate reimbursement, emphasizing the central role of teamwork and engagement by those receiving care.
The PCMH is a model that can be implemented immediately to help address increasing healthcare costs, poor or inconsistent quality and inaccessibility to timely care.