(Medical) home for the holidays

 

What’s a medical home? Here’s how the state describes the concept:

In a patient-centered medical home, a primary care provider and members of his or her team coordinate all of a patient’s health needs, including management of chronic conditions, visits to specialists, hospital admissions, and reminding patients when they need check-ups and tests. The medical home model supports fundamental changes in primary care service delivery, as well as payment reforms, with the goal of improving health care quality. The initiative announced today seeks to implement the model in a diverse group of practices in order to evaluate the effectiveness of this transformation in improving patient care and reducing the burden of illness

 MGH has a new one in geriatrics:

 What’s a medical home? Here’s how the state describes the concept:

In a patient-centered medical home, a primary care provider and members of his or her team coordinate all of a patient’s health needs, including management of chronic conditions, visits to specialists, hospital admissions, and reminding patients when they need check-ups and tests. The medical home model supports fundamental changes in primary care service delivery, as well as payment reforms, with the goal of improving health care quality. The initiative announced today seeks to implement the model in a diverse group of practices in order to evaluate the effectiveness of this transformation in improving patient care and reducing the burden of illness

 MGH has a new one in geriatrics:

MGH Senior Health, a practice within the Geriatric Medicine Unit, has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). A medical home is a model that strives to strengthen the caregiver-patient relationship and improve care while reducing costs by replacing episodic care with coordinated long-term care.

NCQA designation indicates that the practice meets national standards for delivering high-quality care and utilizes systematic, patient-centered, coordinated management processes.

In addition, , the state has chosen 47 primary care practices to participate in a medical home project.

From the state’s release:

The program will implement and evaluate the patient-centered medical home model as a means of achieving accessible, high quality primary care for all patients, including persons with disabilities. Through this program, the Commonwealth will aim to attract and retain primary care clinicians into practice in Massachusetts by increasing resources available to practices and improving their quality of work life. This initiative will also seek to demonstrate cost-effectiveness in order to justify and support the sustainability and spread of the model

 Here’s list of the programs in the Boston area:

  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Boston
  • Boston Medical Center, Family Medicine Center, Boston
  • Bowdoin Street Health Center, Dorchester
  • Broadway Health Center, Somerville
  • Cambridge Family Health, Cambridge
  • Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester
  • Dorchester House, Dorchester
  • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston
  • Family Practice Group, P.C., Arlington
  • Geiger Gibson Community Health Center, Dorchester
  • Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Medford
  • Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, Allston
  • Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center, Waltham
  • Malden Family Medicine Center, Malden
  • Manet Community Health Center, North Quincy
  • Neponset Health Center, Dorchester
  • Revere Family Health Center, Revere
  • South Boston Community Health Center, South Boston
  • South End Associates of Fenway Health, Boston
  • Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Jamaica Plain
  • Tufts Medical Center, Adult Primary Care, Boston
  • Union Square Family Health Center, Somerville
  • Whittier Street Health Center, Roxbury
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