Medical Homes Blueprint for Primary Care

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

When we first asked about medical home implementation in November 2006, more than half of 231 healthcare organizations reported that they were unfamiliar with the concept. (Get the results of that e-survey.) Today, it appears that the foundation has been built. Public payors have discovered its potential to extend and improve care to the medically underserved as well as reduce unnecessary emergency room visits. In the commercial sector, several pilot programs that incent physicians who tailor patient care to medical home tenets — including self-management education — are underway.

In this week’s issue, the Mayo Clinic’s Colleen Perkins shares some of the SMART points of the self-management education model for providers and health coaches. We also invite you to complete our follow-up e-survey on medical homes use. Take it by January 31 and receive a free e-summary of the results to learn how the medical home is fast becoming the heart of primary care.

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