The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults. The PCMH is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.
It has four basic philosophies;
1) Physician and patient interaction
2) Office staff interaction
3) Use of the business model in medical practice
4) Medical data collection for medical outcomes
We have researched various websites that we believe will help you in understanding and implementing the principles of Patient Centered Medical Home.
This link is to the Patient Care Primary Care Collaborative website. Take note of the extensive information on the North Carolina and the RUC report from the American Medical Association
These links discusses process improvement and basic information on PCMH – Integrating Chronic Care and Business Strategies in the Safety Net, A Toolkit for Primary Care Practices and Clinics and click here for Lean Basics.
There are various toolkits available for medical homes. For example, see the Health and Literacy and Cultural Competency Sites.
This information from the University of Cincinnati has information on medical home from a physician standpoint and contains some links that would be helpful in setting up Medical Home.
Medical Home For All
MPCC Learning Opportunity
Nuts and Bolts of the Patient Centered Medical Home
Why Join Medical Home
MPCC Medical Home Definition
MPCC Common Acronyms Listing
The Search for Lean Six Sigma in the Healthcare Practice
Under the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), it appears that we are returning to the idea of having the primary doctor being more of the central figure in working with patients to improve quality of health. The challenge of this developing concept is that now the doctor must become effective in both the medical process as well as the business process of patient healthcare. The challenges of meeting government regulations and requirements, the payer demands for procedures, the cumbersome (at best) pay codes that are required and all of the other demands on time and resources make for challenges beyond any of their past training in running a business practice. Read more....