Patient-centered Medical Homes (PCMH)

The Medical Home, also known as the Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH), is defined as "an approach to providing comprehensive primary care that facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal providers and when appropriate, the patient’s family." The concept of the medical home has evolved since its introduction by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1967.

The medical home model is built on the principle that each patient will develop an ongoing relationship with a personal physician in order to produce patient-centered care. This physician focuses on the care of the whole person, and will direct medical care appropriately. The goal of this model would be to facilitate improved patient care, with increased coordination between specialty providers (via the primary physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant). This would ideally improve patient access to preventive care, and shift the focus of health care by providing incentives for the coordination and delivery of efficient, high-quality patient care. Please e-mail advocacy@apta.org should you have questions regarding PCMHs.

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