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What is a PCMH

The 7 Joint Principles of the PCMH

  1. Personal physician: Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician who provides continuous, comprehensive care.
  2. Physician-directed medical practice: This physician leads a team of professionals at the practice who collectively take responsibility for patient care.
  3. Whole-person focus: The personal physician is responsible for addressing all of a patient's health care needs, either through direct care or by arranging care from other professionals.
  4. Coordination: Care is coordinated and/or integrated across all elements of the health care system (such as subspecialty care, hospitals, home health agencies and nursing homes) and the patient's community.
  5. Quality and safety: These are hallmarks of the medical home, supporting optimal, patient-centered outcomes.
  6. Enhanced access: Patients' access to care is improved through systems such as open scheduling, expanded hours, and new options enabling patients to communicate with physicians and staff.
  7. Payment: The payment structure recognizes the value of coordinated services and care management, paying physicians accordingly.

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