Two Independent Reports Highlight Health Centers’ Care Role

Two just-released studies put Community Health Centers in the spotlight, examining the involvement and compatibility of health centers with the emerging “Patient-Centered Medical Home” (PCMH) model of health care, as well as resulting financial implications.

The studies indicate that the health center approach “inherently tracks” the PCMH concept – and that key benefits were seen when health centers participated in PCMH collaboratives in three states.

Financing Community Health Centers as Patient- and Community-Centered Medical Homes: A Primer,” released by the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy at George Washington University, notes that “health centers’ core attributes make them not only ‘patient-centered,’ but ‘community-centered’ as well.” The report describes health centers’ efforts to balance the demands of providing care to a growing, higher-risk population with striving to enhance quality, and it suggests that policymakers may need to consider incremental improvements to payment mechanisms to support health centers as PCMHs.

The Role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in State-led Medical Home Collaboratives,” released by the National Academy for State Health Policy, looked at state-organized PCMH initiatives in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont and found that health centers’ participation benefited both the other participants and the health centers themselves.

Read the Full Release Here

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