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Health Care Leaders to Use New National Criteria for Patient-Centered Medical Home
Date:11/7/2007

ime with each patient and to develop and follow through on an individualized plan of care.

A practice recognized as a patient-centered medical home would receive compensation for the time and work physicians spend to provide comprehensive and coordinated services. This approach is distinctly different from the current system which pays for procedures and treatment of individual diseases rather than valuing and encouraging treatment of the whole patient, preventing chronic illness, and managing multiple, interrelated and ongoing health problems.

Primary care studies have demonstrated they deliver improved health outcomes at lower costs.

-- Experience with Community Care of North Carolina -- the state's Medicaid program in which 3,500 primary care physicians participated in community-based networks based on the medical home concept -- showed significant improvement in quality and cost outcomes through disease management, evidence-based clinical practice, and an emphasis on a physician-led team approach. North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley recently released data showing that Community Care of North Carolina saved the state a combined total of more than $231 million in Medicaid costs for fiscal years 2005 and 2006.( http://www.communitycarenc.com/)

-- A 2006 Commonwealth Fund health care quality survey found that when adults have a medical home, racial and ethnic disparities in access to care and quality are reduced or even eliminated and rates of preventive screenings improve substantially.

-- Patient-centered primary care programs at IBM achieved high patient satisfaction and significant savings. When compared to industry norms, IBM health care premiums are 6 percent lower for family coverage and 15 percent lower for single coverage, and IBM employees pay 26 percent to 60 percent less overall.

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