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The Patient Centered Medical Home Explained

Over the past few months, the term “Patient-Centered Medical Home” (PCMH) has been thrown around quite a bit. We’ve heard about the 90/10 match to place high risk, low-income patients in PCMHs; the renewed §1115 waiver’s provision to move some SPDs into managed care, which will likely include PCMHs; and accountable care organizations (ACOs), which will likely be centered around PCMHs.

But how exactly does a PCMH work? What is the idea behind it, and what does it aim to achieve?

According to the American College of Physicians, “A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient’s lifetime to maximize health outcomes.” Does that answer your question?

If not, this video breaks down the PCMH concept into layman’s terms, while giving a comprehensive explanation of the background behind the concept and the overall goal of a PCMH in providing integrated and coordinated care for a patient. The video was created by Emmi Solutions, a company that utilizes interactive media to engage patients in health care. Enjoy!

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