The board of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade group for health insurers,
has adopted core principles
on the development of a
patient-centered medical home, including payment realignments.
The AHIP board, which is made up of chief executives of leading health insurance
companies, said it will advance a medical-home model that emphasizes comprehensive
care tailored to individual needs; care coordination among providers; adoption of
health IT; and outcome measures to improve quality and affordability of care.
“Payments should be aligned with efforts to improve access and communication, to
establish patient-centered programs for education and empowerment in
self-management, to ensure the timely delivery to evidenced-based care and to
reflect the level of management required for the population served,” the board
AHIP cautioned, however, that the structure, payment system and reporting measures
of patient-centered medical homes should be tested through pilot projects first to
determine which approaches are the most effective. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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