The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) has been proposed as a model for achieving the kind of responsive, effective health care that is urgently needed.

Evidence shows many benefits to establishing a strong, primary care-based health system, including better health outcomes at lower cost. Health systems across the country have sought the benefits, and recognition, that a PCMH can garner.

MacColl’s work has guided practices through the transformation necessary to become a PCMH.

Our interest in transformation began with teaching the elements of the Chronic Care Model. Our commitment to transformation continues now via several initiatives involving the concepts of the patient-centered medical home. MacColl has developed a PCMH change concept model, the PCMH-A, an assessment tool, and other materials in use by clinicians throughout the country.

Related Resources

Accelerating Regulatory Progress in Multi-Institutional Research

MacColl Center Business Manager Sherry Lauf and Senior Program Manager Leah Tuzzio co-authored this manuscript highlighting three case studies in which research, regulatory, and administrative teams developed and employed innovative approaches to secure and maintain Institutional Review Board approvals, enable data sharing, and expedite sub-award issuance and execution.

Guiding Transformation: How Medical Practices Can Become Patient-Centered Medical Homes

As part of the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative, this Commonwealth Fund report sought to develop a more detailed and concrete definition that describes the changes that most practices would need to make to become PCMHs.

Providing Underserved Patients with Medical Homes: Assessing the Readiness of Safety-Net Health Centers

Safety-net health centers that provide vulnerable and low-income populations with comprehensive primary care have unique opportunities for successful transformation, but also face challenges. This Commonwealth Fund issue brief co-authored by Katie Coleman surveys safety-net health centers to determine their potential to become medical homes.

Spreading a medical home redesign: effects on emergency department use and hospital admissions

The Group Health experience is outlined in this journal article co-authored by Katie Coleman, showing it is possible to reduce emergency department use with patient-centered medical home transformation across a diverse set of clinics using a clear change strategy and sufficient resources and supports.

Assessing Progress toward Becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Assessment Tool for Practice Transformation

This December 2013 journal article describes the properties of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Assessment (PCMH-A) as a tool to stimulate and monitor progress among primary care practices interested in transforming to patient-centered medical homes.

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