Primary care groups issue medical home guidelines

Four primary-care organizations have released guidelines designed to help shape the growing number of tests around patient-centered medical homes.

The organizations include the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association. Collectively, the groups represent 350,000 physicians.

The groups made 16 recommendations that outline what they believe to be the necessary elements of any medical home demonstration project, including what practices should be involved, what kind of support they should have, how reimbursement should be structured, and how the projects should analyze and distribute the results.

The groups released the guidelines in the wake of a CMS announcement that it will do a three-year medical home demonstration project, expected to include eight sites.

To learn more about the guidelines:
- read this Modern Healthcare article (reg. req.)

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