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Six Health Plans Pay $1.5 Million in Incentives to Create Medical Homes for Nearly Half a Million Hudson Valley Residents
Date:3/9/2011

to enhance quality."

The PCMH is an emerging model of care in which patients select a primary care practice to be their "medical home." Work flow at practices is redesigned to emphasize a team-based approach to care. Core components include better access to care through open scheduling and use of electronic health communication tools, care coordination among providers, a focus on preventive care and the use of health information technology tools such as electronic health records and electronic prescribing.

The Joint Principles of the Medical Home, adopted in 2007 by the nation's leading primary care physician organizations, assert that payment to physicians should recognize the added value provided to patients in a medical home. THINC's PCMH transformation project ideally brought together physician practices committed to practice transformation and the payers interested in seeing the promise of the medical home fulfilled—improved quality, better patient satisfaction and controlled cost.

The large-scale, multi-payer participation in the project means the benefits of the medical home extend to patients in a PCMH-recognized practice regardless of whether they have a certain type of insurance. PCMH practice transformation positively benefits all the patients served by a practice. Adoption of the medical home model was shown in a national demonstration project to improve measures of quality of care by 8.3 to 9.1 percent and measures of clinical preventive and chronic care services by 5 percent. Outcomes from independent demonstration projects across the country have produced reductions in emergency room visits of as high as 39 percent because of better care for chronic conditions, and significant cost savings.

"The process of becoming a medical home transforms the practice so it can fully utilize the tools of an electronic medical record and align the goals of the practice with the patients to improve the quality of care that t
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