Patient-centered medical home Web site launched
Research Activities, September 2010, No. 361
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently launched a new Web site—http://www.pcmh.ahrq.gov—devoted to providing objective information to policymakers and researchers about the medical home. The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care. A medical home is not simply a place, but a model of primary care that delivers care that is:
- Continuously improved through a systems-based approach to quality and safety.
The new Web site provides policymakers and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care.
The Web site provides users with searchable access to a rich database of publications and other resources on the medical home and exclusive access to the following AHRQ-funded white papers focused on critical medical home issues:
- "Necessary but not Sufficient: The HITECH Act and Health Information Technology's Potential to Build Medical Homes." This paper looks at how the HITECH act and health reform legislation supports the PCMH model and offers policy recommendations on increasing the ability of health information technology (IT) to contribute to the patient-centered medical home.
- "Engaging Patients and Families in the Medical Home." This paper offers policymakers and researchers insights into opportunities for engaging patients and families, examples of existing efforts, and key lessons for future efforts.
- "Integrating Mental Health Treatment into the Patient Centered Medical Home." This paper examines the conceptual similarities in and differences between the PCMH and current strategies used to deliver mental health treatment in primary care. It presents programmatic and policy actions needed to facilitate the integration of high-quality mental health treatment within a PCMH.
AHRQ believes that health IT, workforce development, and payment reform are critical to achieving the potential of the medical home. The Web site provides a link to find out more about AHRQ's approach to the medical home.