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The Medical Home: Building a Framework of Higher Quality, Reduced Cost and Patient-Centric Care
Date:2/6/2008

role of primary care physicians could mean short-term financial pain for hospitals and some health plans, and could aggravate the current manpower shortage without broadening the scope of ancillary providers' practice.

But the Center report, co-authored by Dr. Keckley and Dr. Howard R. Underwood of the Center, found that the long-range benefit is clear.

Pressure to adopt a medical home approach is driven by two critical, inter-connected factors - the shrinking number of primary care doctors due to difficult practice conditions and insufficient compensation, and the growing incidence/prevalence of chronic disease among the American population.

There is widespread recognition that the U.S. health care system falls short in its efforts to effectively manage chronic conditions, with some studies reporting care is sufficient only 55 percent of the time. Today, 45 percent of the population has a chronic medical condition. Among the Medicare population the statistics are even worse: 83 percent have at least one chronic condition and almost a quarter have at least five co-morbidities.

Related Content

Full Report: The Medical Home - Disruptive Innovation for a New Primary Care Model: http://www.deloitte.com/us/medicalhome

Overview: Deloitte Center for Health Solutions: http://www.deloitte.com/centerforhealthsolutions

Bio: Dr. Paul Keckley: http://www.deloitte.com/us/PaulKeckley

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