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Making Medical Homes Work: Moving from Concept to Practice
Policy Perspective Identifies Operational Issues that Can Make or Break Medical Homes
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Although medical home definitions vary and continue to evolve, at the heart of a medical home is a physician practice committed to organizing and coordinating care based on patients needs and priorities-especially patients with chronic conditions-communicating directly with patients and their families, and integrating care across settings and practitioners.
Despite the enormous energy and resources invested in the medical home model to date, relatively little has been written about moving from theoretical concept to practical application, particularly on a large scale. HSC and MPR are uniquely positioned to address operational issues related to medical homes. Along with conducting independent and collaborative research relevant to medical homes, care coordination, payment policy and the organization of care delivery, HSC and MPR researchers have direct experience with both public- and private-sector medical home initiatives, including leading the design of the Medicare Medical Home Demonstration.
Written by HSCs Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D.; Hoangmai H. Pham, M.D.; and Ann OMalley,
M.D.; and MPRs Myles M. Maxfield, Ph.D.; and Deborah Peikes, Ph.D.; the new
Policy Perspective-Making Medical Homes Work: Moving from Concept to Practice-is
available online at http://www.hschange.org/CONTENT/1030/
The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nations changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is funded principally by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Mathematica Policy Research Inc., a nonpartisan research firm, conducts high-quality, objective policy research and surveys to improve public well-being. Its clients include federal and state governments, foundations, and private-sector and international organizations. The employee-owned company, with offices in Princeton, N.J., Washington, D.C., Cambridge, Mass., and Ann Arbor, Mich., has conducted some of the most important studies of health care, education, welfare, employment, nutrition, and early childhood policies and programs in the U.S.