This edition: Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Original tape date: June 8, 2012.
First aired: July 31, 2012.
The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model shows significant promise in addressing some of the challenges to the delivery of primary care in America. Supported under the Affordable Care Act, PCMH provides more coordinated and efficient care, which actively benefits: patients, particularly in low-income brackets but extending to all income levels; physicians, via higher morale, less turnover and less burnout; and all payers or insurers (government as well as commercial), through cost savings.
Joining host Mike Gilliam to discuss the success of PCMHs are Dr. A. John Blair III, President of Taconic IPA (Independent Practice Association), a nearly 4,000-member physician group (80 percent of all providers in the region) transforming health care delivery in New York’s Hudson Valley, and Melinda K. Abrams, Vice President of the Patient–Centered Coordinated Care Program at The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation.
TALKING HEALTH goes on location to profile Urban Health Plan, a patient-centered medical home in the South Bronx. Urban Health Plan provides continuous and coordinated care, with a patient’s primary care physician leading a team of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, health educators and case managers, all familiar with patients and their families.