Transforming Safety-Net Clinics into Patient-Centered Medical Homes, 2012-13


In 2009, 65 safety-net health centers in Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Pennsylvania were selected to participate in The Commonwealth Fund’s Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, which assists clinics in becoming patient-centered medical homes that achieve benchmark levels of clinical quality, efficiency, and patient experience. In the past year, the clinics established patient–provider panels to improve continuity of care, retrained staff to work as teams, introduced patient care management programs, and implemented emergency department notification systems to improve care coordination. Recent data show improvement in all key domains of medical home transformation. In the year ahead, the project team will continue to: 1) support practice transformation through meetings, webinars, and site visits; 2) help several clinics achieve formal national recognition as medical homes; 3) promote a “learning laboratory” for the clinic teams and state leaders; and 4) engage in payment reform efforts aimed at sustainability and spread. With this grant, the Fund concludes its support for the five-year initiative.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Qualis Health
Principal Investigator:
Jonathan R. Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 10, 2012

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