The Patient-Centered Medical Home
Keira McGuire | 04.18.13
You may have heard the term Patient-Centered Medical Home – or PCMH.
Dr. Dennis Gingrich says the PCMH model puts the patient at the center – and partners them with their primary care doctor. They’re supported by a care team – which is made up of nurses – a pharmacist whatever the patient needs.
If your doctor’s office becomes a PCMH, watch the "HealthSmart in a Minute" video below to learn about a few changes you may notice.
According to the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, this new concept is "transforming the way family physicians treat patients through preventive, more cost-efficient care with the patient squarely at the center. And it's working." PAFP shares this information about PCMH's on their website:
WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A PCMH?
It might sound like a fancy new term, but the PCMH is rooted in easily understandable, logical goals and values that benefit physicians and patients alike. The elements of a PCMH include:
An ongoing relationship with a personal physician. The patient and the family physician work together more closely than ever to ensure the patient's wellness.
- Physician-directed medical practice. That "personal physician" we just talked about? She or he is responsible for organizing a team of professionals who will support the patient's needs.
- Treatment of the whole person. Rather than merely treating a patient as a series of unconnected body parts, the physician is committed to taking care of the patient's health from all angles.
- Putting the patient's needs first. It seems like common sense. And in a lot of ways, it is. With the patient at the center of this care model, each need and concern is addressed and taken care of.
- Emphasis on quality and safety. The patient isn't a number or a set of symptoms, and his or her safety and quality of care are top priorities.
- Better delivery system. Scheduling, treatment and communications flexibility give the patient more options.
- Fairer payment model. Treatment is cost-efficient, and physician payment reflects the added value of PCMH.
Tell us: Has your doctor's office adopted the concept of a Patient-Centered Medical Home? Would this model work for you? Please share your thoughts in a comment below.
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