Medical Home by the #s
Cost saved per patient per month over a two-year Seattle medical home demo1
Percentage of total healthcare costs that one study estimates would be saved if every patient had a medical home2
Year the medical home concept was introduced3
The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates a shortage of approximately 21,000 primary care physicians in 20154
Percentage of decrease in inappropriate emergency department visits a veterans’ clinic experienced by transitioning to the medical home model5
Providers earn more money when something goes wrong.
How is that possible?
Healthcare follows what is called a fee-for-service payment system, meaning providers earn more money by ordering more appointments, tests, or procedures.
For example, if the hospital staff fails to follow prevention guidelines, an infection could develop around an IV insertion site. They must now treat that infection, earning more money than had the staff performed flawlessly.
Healthcare is moving toward a new payment model that rewards outcomes instead of “doing more.” New financial incentives, however, are only part of the patient-centered medical home.
The medical home model of care attempts to address the problem of fragmented care. Have you ever had to see several specialists, in addition to your primary care doctor, and sensed none were on the same page? The medical home focuses on improved care coordination and quality healthcare among your care team, led by the primary care physician.
The medical home model depends on primary care health professionals taking responsibility for the patient as a whole. One barrier impacting the medical home model is the shortage of primary care doctors, another issue created by financial incentives. Specialists earn significantly more, making primary care an unpopular career choice for medical students.
What is Quality Quest doing?
The Quest Medical Home Team explored the viability of a medical home model in central Illinois.
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