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Medical News & Perspectives
February 22/29, 2012

Patient-Centered Medical Homes Offer a Model for Better, Cheaper Health Care

JAMA. 2012;307(8):770-771. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.180

As policy makers and health care delivery experts seek to redesign medical care in the United States to rein in costs while improving quality, a growing chorus is singing the praises of the patient-centered medical home model.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance defines the patient-centered medical home as “a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient's family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange, and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.”