This year’s unprecedented health care reform legislation, particularly the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires health care providers to evaluate their current delivery model and assess how to increase quality and patient satisfaction while reducing costs. The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a delivery model gaining a lot of attention and currently being piloted across the country. The PCMH is not new, but providers and payers have only recently begun to seriously consider it because of its inclusion in the reform legislation. Although measurable delivery efficiencies and increased quality have been identified with PCMHs, appropriate funding from payers has not been designed. This article discusses the history of PCMHs, selected common obstacles associated to be resolved, and ways groups have overcome them with measurable results.
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