Transforming Safety-Net Clinics into Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Year 3


In April 2008, The Commonwealth Fund launched a five-year initiative to help safety-net primary care clinics become patient-centered medical homes and achieve benchmark levels of performance in clinical quality, efficiency, and patient experience. Sixty-five clinics in five states-Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Pennsylvania-were selected to participate. In the past year, a team at Qualis Health and the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation has engaged clinics and local process-improvement organizations (regional coordinating centers) in the five states to begin the work of practice transformation. In the year ahead, the Qualis/MacColl team will: 1) provide direct consultation to clinics and create implementation guides to help them improve access, coordinate care, and engage patients better; 2) help several participating clinics achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance recognition as medical homes; and 3) continue to promote a 'learning laboratory' for the five states through peer-to-peer events. The University of Chicago's Marshall Chin, M.D., M.P.H., is currently working with the project team to evaluate the safety-net medical home initiative.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Qualis Health
Principal Investigator:
Jonathan R. Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 13, 2010

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