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New URAC Program to Guide Practices as They Transform Themselves into Patient Centered Health Care Homes Now Available
Date:12/29/2010

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- URAC, a leading health care accreditation and education organization, announces the release of its Patient Centered Health Care Home Program Toolkit.  This new program provides an educational, step-wise, self-paced approach to guide health care practices, and sponsoring health plans, insurers, and pilot programs, on how practices can transform themselves into a patient centered health care home.

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The growth in demonstration projects and efforts to test health care home programs points to the broad benefits of this model.  Initial results have shown a significant impact on reducing unnecessary emergency department visits, avoidable hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations – this translates to lowered morbidity, mortality, lost days of productivity, and cost savings for our health care system.

A Patient Centered Health Care Home (PCHCH) is an interdisciplinary clinician-led team approach to delivering and coordinating care that puts patients, family members, and personal caregivers at the center of all decisions concerning the patient's health and wellness.  A PCHCH provides comprehensive and individualized access to physical health, behavioral health, and supportive community and social services, ensuring patients receive the right care in the right setting at the right time.

By using URAC's PCHCH Program Toolkit and related resource materials, practices and their sponsoring organizations can more fully understand what constitutes a fully functional PCHCH, and implement any changes in practice culture, infrastructure, and operations needed to become a PCHCH.  URAC's PCHCH Program Toolkit includes:

  • Practice Assessment Standards, Interpretive Guidance and Checklist
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