PCMHs saved no money, saw minimal quality improvement

Patient-centered medical homes don't necessarily improve quality and lower costs, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, conducted by researchers at the RAND Corporation, evaluated the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative, one of the United States' earliest and largest medical home pilots. The pilot program resulted in limited quality improvement and failed to save money over a three-year period, according to Mark W. Friedberg, M.D., a RAND researcher and the study's lead author. Between 2008 to 2011, medical homes made slight improvements in one of 11 quality metrics, according to researchers, and didn't save on costs. Read the full article at FiercePracticeManagement