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AHIP adopts principles on patient-centered medical home

Posted: June 26, 2008 - 12:01 am ET

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 wrote.

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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