Moving away from the silo
On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law extending coverage to an additional 32 million Americans. With the ongoing shortage of primary care providers, these patients will be seeking care in an underserved marketplace. The model of practicing medicine in a silo is shifting to a collaborative approach as a health community for patient-centered care.
The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a care delivery model designed to strengthen the physician-patient relationship by moving from episodic care (reactive) to coordinated care and an ongoing relationship with a physician-led "care team" (proactive). In a PCMH, the care team is responsible for providing all the patient's health care needs, including appropriate referral to other qualified physicians as needed. Emphasis is placed on open scheduling, expanded hours, and strong communication between patients, physicians and staff. Technology plays a key role in achievement.
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