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What It Takes for Practices to Become Medical Homes

In a new report, researchers lay out the changes that most medical practices will need to make to become patient-centered medical homes. While major primary care professional associations have advanced principles to guide the transformation to a medical home, the report details specific approaches to getting there. For example, the authors discuss the key role of empanelment—the linking of each patient or family with a specific provider—in facilitating continuity in care and enabling clinicians to monitor their patients. They also emphasize the importance of patient registries and other information systems in identifying gaps in care for patients before they visit, and decision support systems in helping clinicians make evidence-based choices.

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