Patient Centered Medical Homes ( Pcmh )

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) are growing in popularity as the right thing to do improve patient care. PCMH are growing in popularity, as there is early evidence of their effectiveness (Egge, M. 2012). The PCMH concept has been widely promoted as a way to enhance primary care and deliver better care to patients with chronic conditions. This model of care has stimulated the attention of payers, Medicaid policy makers, physicians, and patient advocates, as it has the potential to address several of the limitations of the current healthcare system (Wang, J. et al 2014). Currently, primary care in the United States is focused on acute and episodic illness, it inadvertently limits comprehensive, coordinated, preventive and chronic care (Bleser, W. et al 2014). The PCMH address these limitations through organizing patient care, emphasizing team work, and coordinating data tracking (Bleser, W. et al 2014). A PCMH and HMO have some similarities but are markedly different. The PCMH is a model to improve healthcare in America by changing how primary care is delivered and organized. The PCMH is is made of 5 attributes to improve healthcare delivery. The first is Comprehensive Care: This includes the patient’s physician and mental healthcare needs including wellness and preventive care, acute care, and chronic care. This requires a team of providers to care for the patient. These teams can be physically connected or virtually connected to care for the patient.
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