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Patient centered medical homes could be 'the future of primary care'
08.31.2010The patient centered medical home has emerged as a popular model that more doctors are calling "the future of primary care," according to NPR.org.
The concept is based on providing the best quality of care for patients, monitoring risk factors ahead of time so that they do not become diseases and the reduction of costs associated with healthcare. The team-based approach seeks to comprehensively assess and maintain an individual's well-being, while allocating specialized tasks to the doctors who can best perform them.
Doug Couper, a primary care doctor who practices in Maine, said that the medical home model has increased the efficiency of care. He added that sharing patient data over an electronic medical record system with other practitioners has helped save time.
"The expectations of people in primary care are that they will do a great job caring for people with chronic disease, and they'll identify and know everybody for whom they're responsible," said David Howes, CEO of a health facility based in New Hampshire.
PublicBroadcasting.net reports that the patient centered medical home - which can also reduce the duplication of costly procedures - is particularly important for millions of aging Americans. This model of care could address the special health issues and challenges that are often faced by this particular population.
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