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AHRQ-funded journal supplement offers lessons on primary care practice transformation
Date:5/21/2013

LEAWOOD, Kan. Primary care practice transformation on a large scale is the cornerstone of current health care reform efforts aimed at achieving better outcomes, better value and better experience of care. Amid emerging evidence that transformation toward the patient-centered medical home model offers a viable solution in today's health care environment, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality funded 14 studies to learn more about the processes and determinants of successful change from practices that had already demonstrated successful transformational activities and improved outcomes. Key findings of these 14 projects, which the funders hope will inform more widespread change efforts, are published in a special supplement of Annals of Family Medicine.

The supplement, Transforming Primary Care Practice, features insights from 14 natural experiments undertaken in a wide variety of settings across the United States including independent practices, integrated delivery systems, community health centers and large government systems. The projects, which were funded by AHRQ grants awarded in 2010 totaling more than $4.1 million each year for two years, begin to identify the approaches and methods for transforming the structure, characteristics and function of primary care that are likely to be successful in a wide variety of practice types and settings.

"The lessons learned from these analyses demonstrate that true transformation toward the patient-centered medical home model is not only possible, but desirable, although not without its challenges," writes Robert J. McNellis, MPH, PA, AHRQ [insert title] and colleagues, in a commentary about the lessons learned that cut across all the projects.

In the editorial, McNellis and colleagues outline five overarching thematic findings that emerged from the projects despite the wide variety of practices studied, geographic locations, si
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Contact: Angela Sharma
asharma@aafp.org
913-269-2269
American Academy of Family Physicians
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