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Nathan D Shippee, Michael Finch, Douglas R Wholey
OBJECTIVES: Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) represent a widespread model of healthcare transformation. Despite evidence that PCMHs can improve care quality, the mechanisms by which they improve outcomes are relatively unexamined. We aimed to assess the mechanisms linking certification as a Health Care Home (HCH), a statewide PCMH initiative, with asthma care quality and outcomes. We compared direct certification effects versus indirect clinical effects (via improved care process)...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Jeanne M Ferrante, Eric K Shaw, Jennifer E Bayly, Jenna Howard, M Nell Quest, Elizabeth C Clark, Connie Pascal
BACKGROUND: Many primary care practices participating in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) transformation initiatives are expanding the work roles of their medical assistants (MAs). Little is known about attitudes of MAs or barriers and facilitators to these role changes. METHODS: Secondary data analysis of qualitative cross-case comparison study of 15 New Jersey primary care practices participating in a PCMH project during 2012 to 2013. Observation field notes and in-depth and key informant interviews (with physicians, office managers, staff and care coordinators) were iteratively analyzed using grounded theory...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Frances M Wu, Lisa V Rubenstein, Jean Yoon
BACKGROUND: New models of patient-centered primary care such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) depend on high levels of interdisciplinary primary care team functioning to achieve improved outcomes. A few studies have qualitatively assessed barriers and facilitators to optimal team functioning; however, we know of no prior study that assesses PCMH team functioning in relationship to patient health outcomes. PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assess the relationships between primary care team functioning, patients' use of acute care, and mortality...
March 12, 2018: Health Care Management Review
Shih-Chuan Chou, Craig Rothenberg, Alicia Agnoli, Ilse Wiechers, Jason Lott, Jennifer Voorhees, Steven L Bernstein, Arjun K Venkatesh
BACKGROUND: Patients newly insured through coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have difficulty obtaining timely primary care follow-up appointments after emergency department (ED) discharge. We evaluated the association between availability of timely follow-up appointment with practice access improvements, including patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designations or extended-hours appointments. METHODS: We performed a secret-shopper audit of primary care practices in greater New Haven, Connecticut...
February 4, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Thomas P O'Toole, Erin E Johnson, Matthew Borgia, Amy Noack, Jean Yoon, Elizabeth Gehlert, Jeanie Lo
INTRODUCTION: Although traditional patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are effective for patients with complex needs, it is unclear whether homeless-tailored PCMHs work better for homeless veterans. We examined the impact of enrollment in a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) homeless-tailored PCMH on health services use, cost, and satisfaction compared with enrollment in a traditional, nontailored PCMH. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, multicenter, quasi-experimental, single-blinded study at 2 VHA medical centers to assess health services use, cost, and satisfaction during 12 months among 2 groups of homeless veterans: 1) veterans receiving VHA homeless-tailored primary care (Homeless-Patient Aligned Care Team [H-PACT]) and 2) veterans receiving traditional primary care services (PACT)...
February 15, 2018: Preventing Chronic Disease
Kristi L Law, Jeannine M Rowe
Community health centers (CHC) provide quality care for vulnerable patients, and a potentially contributing factor to this quality is the integration of a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). PCMH relies on a team-based approach, a principle in which social workers are trained and research examines in primary care environments. Less is known about team-based care in CHCs. An exploratory qualitative study with 14 CHC staff was conducted to examine the current state of team-based care and secondarily, to examine the role of social workers...
February 12, 2018: Social Work in Health Care
Rachel A Burton, Nicole M Lallemand, Rebecca A Peters, Stephen Zuckerman
BACKGROUND: Through the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration, Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers offered supplemental payments to 849 primary care practices that became patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) in eight states; practices also received technical assistance and data reports. Average Medicare payments were capped at $10 per beneficiary per month in each state. OBJECTIVE: Since there was variation in the eight participating states' demonstration designs, experiences, and outcomes, we conducted a qualitative multi-case analysis to identify the key factors that differentiated states that were estimated to have generated net savings for Medicare from states that did not...
February 5, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Elizabeth A Rogers, Sarah Turcotte Manser, Joan Cleary, Anne M Joseph, Eileen M Harwood, Kathleen T Call
PURPOSE: Though evidence supports the value of community health workers (CHWs) in chronic disease self-management support, and authorities have called for expanding their roles within patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), few PCMHs in Minnesota have incorporated these health workers into their care teams. We undertook a qualitative study to (1) identify facilitators and barriers to utilizing a CHW model among PCMHs in Minnesota, and (2) define roles played by this workforce within the PCMH team...
January 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
Lori A Bilello, Allyson Hall, Jeffrey Harman, Christopher Scuderi, Nipa Shah, Jon C Mills, Shenae Samuels
BACKGROUND: Approximately 24 million Americans are living with diabetes. Patient activation among individuals with diabetes is critical to successful diabetes management. The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model holds promise for increasing patient activation in managing their health. However, what is not well understood is the extent to which individual components of the PCMH model, such as the quality of physician-patient interactions and organizational features of care, contribute to patient activation...
January 5, 2018: BMC Family Practice
M Shawn McFarland, Kristen Lamb, Jonathan Hughes, Ashley Thomas, Justin Gatwood, Jacob Hathaway
INTRODUCTION: The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model is a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to healthcare that focuses on actively involving the patient in clinical decision making. The Veterans Health Administration (VA), while desiring to be a national leader in the delivery of primary care services, used the principles of the PCMH model to design the patient-aligned care team (PACT). The purpose of this study, was to explore the perception of the PACT members after integration of a clinical pharmacist to the PACT...
December 22, 2017: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
Lihao Chu, Neeraj Sood, Michael Tu, Katrina Miller, Lhasa Ray, Jennifer N Sayles
OBJECTIVES: To examine emergency department (ED) use by individuals with disabilities in safety-net clinics that have adopted the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective matched cohort study. Prior to matching, we identified 2269 nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities from a Los Angeles Medicaid managed care plan in PCMH clinics and 21,897 in non-PCMH clinics. METHODS: To minimize self-selection bias from clinics and individuals, we created 3 comparison groups through a series of propensity score matching schemes that included matching clinics with similar health service utilization per patient and matching individuals with similar demographic characteristics and underlying health conditions...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
Peter Mendel, Emily K Chen, Harold D Green, Courtney Armstrong, Justin W Timbie, Amii M Kress, Mark W Friedberg, Katherine L Kahn
OBJECTIVE: To understand the process of practice transformation by identifying pathways for attaining patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: The CMS Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration was designed to help FQHCs achieve NCQA Level 3 PCMH recognition and improve patient outcomes. We used a stratified random sample of 20 (out of 503) participating sites for this analysis. STUDY DESIGN: We developed a conceptual model of structural, cultural, and implementation factors affecting PCMH transformation based on literature and initial qualitative interview themes...
December 15, 2017: Health Services Research
Abbey Gregg, Li-Wu Chen, Jungyoon Kim, Hyo Jung Tak, Melissa Tibbits
School-based health centers (SBHCs) have been suggested as potential medical homes, yet minimal attention has been paid to measuring their patient-centered medical home (PCMH) implementation. The purposes of this article were to (1) develop an index to measure PCMH attributes in SBHCs, (2) use the SBHC PCMH Index to compare PCMH capacity between PCMH certified and non-PCMH SBHCs, and (3) examine differences in index scores between SBHCs based in schools with and without adolescents. A total of six PCMH dimensions in the SBHC PCMH Index were identified through factor analysis...
January 1, 2017: Journal of School Nursing: the Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses
David Michael Levine, Jeffrey A Linder, Bruce E Landon
BACKGROUND: Despite new incentives for US primary care, concerns abound that patient-centered practice capabilities are lagging. OBJECTIVE: Describe the practice structure, patient-centered capabilities, and payment relationships of US primary care practices; identify disparities in practice capabilities. DESIGN: Analysis of the 2015 Medical Organizations Survey (MOS), part of the nationally representative Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)...
December 4, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Robert S Nocon, Kathryn E Gunter, Yue Gao, Sang Mee Lee, Marshall H Chin
OBJECTIVE: To develop a short-form Safety Net Medical Home Scale (SNMHS) for assessing patient-centered medical home (PCMH) capability in safety net clinics. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: National surveys of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Interviews with FQHC directors. STUDY DESIGN: We constructed three short-form SNMHS versions and examined correlations with full SNMHS and related primary care assessments. We tested usability with FQHC directors and reviewed scale development with an advisory group...
December 1, 2017: Health Services Research
Lillian Min, Christine T Cigolle, Steven J Bernstein, Kathleen Ward, Tisha L Moore, Jinkyung Ha, Caroline S Blaum
OBJECTIVES: In 2009 and 2010, 17 primary care sites within 1 healthcare system became patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), but the sites trained different personnel (pharmacists vs nurses) to improve diabetes care using self-management support (SMS). We report the challenges and successes of our efforts to: 1) assemble a new multipayer (Medicare, Medicaid, commercial) claims dataset linked to a clinical registry and 2) use the new dataset to perform comparative effectiveness research on implementation of the 2 SMS models...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
M Biava, F Colavita, A Marzorati, D Russo, D Pirola, A Cocci, A Petrocelli, M Delli Guanti, G Cataldi, T A Kamara, A S Kamara, K Konneh, A Cannas, S Coen, S Quartu, S Meschi, M B Valli, A Mazzarelli, C Venditti, G Grassi, G Rozera, C Castilletti, A Mirazimi, M R Capobianchi, G Ippolito, R Miccio, A Di Caro
BACKGROUND: The 2013-2016 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak showed a lack of diagnostic point-of-care methods. Currently, EBOV diagnosis relies on quantitative reverse-transcription-PCR (RT- qPCR), highly specific and sensitive, but requiring skilled personnel and well-equipped laboratories. In field settings, these factors and others, such as samples' time of collection and transportation, determine a prolonged turnaround-time to final results. In outbreak scenarios, a rapid and transportable method could eliminate issues of cohorting suspected and actual EVD patients for lack of diagnostic certainty...
February 2018: Journal of Virological Methods
Heidi S Kinsell, Allyson G Hall, Jeffrey S Harman, Sweta Tewary, Andrew Brickman
OBJECTIVE: Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Florida see large numbers of vulnerable patients with diabetes. Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models can lead to improvements in health for patients with chronic conditions and cost savings for providers. Therefore, FQHCs are increasingly moving to PCMH models of care. The study objective was to examine the effects of initial transformation to a level 3 National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified PCMH in 2011, on clinical diabetes outcomes among 27 clinic sites from a network of FQHCs in Florida...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
Ann-Marie Rosland, Edwin Wong, Matthew Maciejewski, Donna Zulman, Rebecca Piegari, Stephan Fihn, Karin Nelson
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between clinics' extent of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) implementation and improvements in chronic illness care quality. DATA SOURCE: Data from 808 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) primary care clinics nationwide implementing the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) PCMH initiative, begun in 2010. DESIGN: Clinic-level longitudinal observational study of clinics that received training and resources to implement PACT...
November 20, 2017: Health Services Research
Heidi R Luder, Pam Shannon, James Kirby, Stacey M Frede
OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility of a partnership between a community pharmacy and a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) by measuring the impact on office- and patient-level clinical outcomes. SETTING: Kroger Pharmacy and a PCMH practice in Cincinnati, OH. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: The Kroger Co. is a large grocery store chain that operates 102 pharmacies in the Cincinnati-Dayton marketing area. The PCMH practice is an accredited PCMH office serving more than 9000 patients in the Cincinnati area...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
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