And who wouldn’t want the comforts of home?
A nice, cozy place to rest your weary body and get some much needed R&R when the time becomes necessary…Wait a minute! The Medical Home, or Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), isn’t a place to bring our weary, aged and sick bodies and minds but a concept, a model of organized care that delivers the core functions of primary health care (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). As I recently saw in an ad for a large, nationwide health insurer it is Health + Care. Clever, yes?
Working with PCMHs isn’t a new concept to our QTAC partners. Now with the dawning of the Affordable Care Act and it’s emphasis on PCMH. The NCQA Standards for PCMH are the industry’s accepted standards for PCMH recognition. Recognition that many practices and providers from across the country stride for and who may be in various stages of completion.
One health care system in particular and a QTAC partner, the Glen Falls Hospital, was recently featured in an Albany Times Union article with a focus on the “Medical Home”. The hospital system is involved in a larger, regional effort to change the delivery of healthcare to Health + Care for North Country residents. The pilot project is called the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot.
Tell us what you think of the concept and whether your actively working to become, or work with, a PCMH. We just might be able to help!