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What is a ‘medical home’ and why is it important?

Lola Butcher

In the past decade, thousands of U.S. primary care practices have reorganized themselves as patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices, making medical homes the most widespread type of health care delivery and payment reform so far. The concept likely will become even more popular in the years ahead because the federal government’s Quality Payment Program included some medical home practices in its advanced alternative payment model (APM), making them eligible for incentive payments.

The term “medical home” dates back to the 1960s, but the concept did not gain traction until about a decade ago.

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