Recommended Core Measures for Evaluating the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Cost, Utilization, and Clinical Quality

May 16, 2012

Authors: Meredith B. Rosenthal, Melinda K. Abrams, Asaf Bitton, and the Patient-Centered Medical Home Evaluators' Collaborative
Contact: Melinda K. Abrams, M.S., Vice President, Patient-Centered Coordinated Care Program, The Commonwealth Fund, mka@cmwf.org
Editor: Deborah Lorber

Overview

The patient-centered medical home has emerged as a promising solution to address the significant fragmentation, poor quality, and high costs that afflict the U.S. health care system. The medical home model includes core components of primary and patient-centered care, recent innovations in practice redesign and health information technology, and changes to the way practices and providers are paid. There are initiatives across the country testing the promise of the medical home model. However, to properly evaluate and compare results that will aid in the implementation of these and other initiatives, researchers need a standard set of core measures. This brief describes the process and recommendations of more than 75 researchers who came together to identify a core set of standardized measures to evaluate the patient-centered medical home. It focuses on two domains of medical home outcomes: cost/utilization and clinical quality.

Citation

M. B. Rosenthal, M. K. Abrams, A. Bitton, and the Patient-Centered Medical Home Evaluators' Collaborative, Recommended Core Measures for Evaluating the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Cost, Utilization, and Clinical Quality, The Commonwealth Fund, May 2012.