What Is the Patient-Centered Medical Home?

American College of Physicians

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A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's lifetime to maximize health outcomes. The PCMH practice is responsible for providing for all of a patient's health care needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. This includes the provision of preventive services, treatment of acute and chronic illness, and assistance with end-of-life issues. It is a model of practice in which a team of health professionals, coordinated by a personal physician, works collaboratively to provide high levels of care, access and communication, care coordination and integration, and care quality and safety.

A more detailed description of the PCMH can be found in: The Advanced Medical Home: A Patient-Centered, Physician-Guided Model of Health Care (an ACP policy paper).

The following are other good resources on the PCMH.

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