The Patient Centered Medical Home

The medical home model holds promise as a way to improve health care in America by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered. Building on the work of a large and growing community, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a medical home not simply as a place but as a model of the organization of primary care that delivers the core functions of primary health care.  

This model encompasses five functions and attributes: Comprehensive Care, Patient-Centered, Coordinated Care, Accessible Services, and Quality and Safety.

Three organizations who offer Patient Centered Medical Home or Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) status are AAAHC, The Joint Commission, and NCQA; each different in their process for achievement.

For more information:
    http://www.aaahc.org/accreditation/primary-care-medical-home/
    http://www.jointcommission.org/pcmh_model/
    http://www.ncqa.org/Programs/Recognition/Practices/PatientCenteredMedicalHomePCMH.aspx

APCA Services

The APCA is committed to supporting Alaska's Community Health Center (CHC) network in achieving the PCMH model as a means to reduce costs, improve effectiveness, and improve outcomes in healthcare.  For those health centers with PCMH certification/recognition a focus is then on sustainability and transitioning to new standards as they are released.

In addition to the Supplemental Services APCA provides for PCMH transformation, we also provide weekly individual coaching, facilitation of a peer support network, and additional technical assistance and training to APCA members and grantees.  

The APCA possesses in-house expertise to coach and guide members through the process of practice transformation. 

APCA PCMH Lead:

Sharayah Foster                         Contact at:  [email protected]

 

NCQA Certified Content Experts (CCE) 

The following APCA staff are NCQA Certified Content Experts:
Patty Linduska, PCMH CCE                  Contact at:  [email protected]
Tara Ferguson-Gould, PCMH CCE       Contact at:  [email protected]
Suzanne Niemi, PCMH CCE                  Contact at: [email protected]

Additional Websites

APCA PCMH email address: [email protected]pca.org

http://www.pcmh.ahrq.gov/