A Rapid Evaluation of Illinois's Medicaid Medical Home Program


In 2006, state officials in Illinois established a program to link 2 million Medicaid beneficiaries with a medical home, where treatment and patient referrals are coordinated centrally to improve quality and lower health care costs. The program saved the state an estimated $560 million between 2007 and 2009, largely by increasing use of primary and preventive care and reducing emergency department visits and unnecessary hospitalizations. This project will support an analysis of the Illinois program's cost and quality outcomes, together with the rapid submission of findings to a peer-reviewed journal. In light of the severe budget deficits that many states are facing, it is important to promote public awareness of effective medical home initiatives like Illinois's that strengthen primary care while also lowering costs.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
American Academy of Family Physicians
Principal Investigator:
Robert L. Phillips, Jr., M.D., M.S.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 12, 2011

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