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The PCMH in Action

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Current Activity

Across the country, multi-stakeholder coalitions, including public and private payers, employers, clinician organizations, academic institutions, consumer advocacy groups, and others, are working to develop and test PCMHs projects. While enthusiasm among these groups for the PCMH care model and its potential benefits is strong, the purpose of these projects is to test the model and measure its effect, particularly in terms of quality improvement and cost savings.

ACP has been actively involved in many of these projects with the aim of ensuring the Joint Principles are espoused by the primary care professional societies. To help facilitate consistency of PCMH demonstration projects with the Joint Principles, the primary care professional societies have released a set of 16 Guidelines for PCMH Demonstration Projects intended to provide direction to projects in the planning phase and to facilitate more meaningful interpretation and understanding of the "lessons learned" from the different projects. The following are lists of current PCMH activities & initiatives across the country:

Federal Activity

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What's New

New Study: Total Cost of Care Lower among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Receiving Care from Patient-Centered Medical Homes

August 9, 2014: A new, independent research study, conducted by RTI International and published in the Health Services Research journal, adds to the evidence that accredited patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) deliver lower cost and drive more appropriate health care utilization. The study focused on participants in the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) program, comparing 308 PCMHs recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) with a sample of nearly 2,000 non-accredited PCMHs across three years, beginning in July of 2008.

Recognized PCMH Practices


Website: www.ncqa.org/

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