A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of primary health care that aims to ensure timely access to comprehensive, patient-centered care delivered by teams of primary care providers and their staff, who coordinate all aspects of a patient’s health care needs. This includes the management of chronic conditions, reminders of needed checkups and tests as well as transitions to and from specialist and hospital visits.
Clinicians, insurers, purchasers, consumer groups and others know the patient-centered medical home is a proven alternative to the nation’s costly, fragmented delivery system. Research confirms that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider experiences. For more information on PCMH or NCQA, visit www.ncqa.org