Essential building blocks for patient-centered medical homes

Insurers must implement certain foundational factors to build a successful patient-centered medical home, including strong leadership and staff commitment to the care model, adequate information technology and effective patient engagement tools, reported Health IT Analytics. For example, insurers could work with providers to establish a committee made up of leadership positions from executive, practice, medical and technology divisions. Electronic health records and other IT capabilities help providers expand their clinical analytics and population health management, thereby improving their ability to conduct risk assessments, stratify patients, preempt nonadherence and prevent hospital readmissions. Finally, engagement should include activities like helping patients manage their chronic diseases, follow through with preventive services, improve their health literacy and encourage healthy choices. Read the full story at FierceHealthPayer