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

yed better health at lower costs," said Paul Grundy, M.D., chairman of the PCPCC and director of Healthcare Technology and Strategic Initiatives at IBM. "This new model of care will help businesses looking to improve quality, achieve high employee satisfaction and contain health care costs."

Many political leaders support the medical home approach to patient care. A growing number of state governments are interested in incorporating medical home models into the health care programs they fund. Seventy-seven bills incorporating different facets of the medical home model have been introduced in the District of Columbia and 21 states, including California, Illinois and Texas.

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), joined with the PCPCC to call for adoption of the medical home concept.

"Technology, prevention and consumer-centered care are the powerful forces necessary to transform health care into a 21st Century Intelligent Health System," said former Speaker Gingrich. "It is absolutely imperative that we embrace this new model of care, centered upon the individual, in order to save lives and save money for all Americans."

"Our health care system is not a health care system, it is a sick care system," Kennedy said. "We can bring down costs by investing more in prevention and care coordination, which are hallmarks of the patient-centered 'medical home' model."

The new NCQA criteria were outlined at a summit of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, which is led by a steering committee of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield Association, Cigna, CVS Caremark, The ERISA Industry Committee, Humana, Inc., IBM, Medco, UnitedHealthcare, Walgreens and WellPoint Inc.

The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative is a coalition
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