Medical Homes: An Evolving Model of Primary Care

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<p>Yesterday, the <em>Journal of the American Medical Association</em> published results from a Commonwealth Fund–supported evaluation of a three-year medical home pilot in Pennsylvania. The study, led by RAND's Mark Friedberg and colleagues, found the program was not associated with significant improvements in quality of care or cost reductions. </p><p>In a <a href="/blog/2014/medical-homes-evolving-model-primary-care">new blog post,</a> Commonwealth Fund Vice President Melinda Abrams puts these results into perspective: "While some may be ready to hand medical homes a failing grade, the study’s findings underscore what we already knew about this team-based model of primary care."</p>
<p>For example, Abrams explains that research conducted since the study began in 2008 has shown that the medical home payment model needs to reward sites that generate cost savings, and that medical homes targeting patients with complex medical conditions are more likely to see improved outcomes and lower care utilization than those serving patients with more routine needs. </p>
<p>Read the post on <a href="/blog/2014/medical-homes-evolving-model-primary-care">The Commonwealth Fund Blog.</a> </p>