The board of Americas Health Insurance Plans, the trade group for health insurers,
has adopted target="_new">core principles
target="_new">core principleson 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 evidence-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 href="mailto:[email protected]">Rebecca Vesely
href="mailto:[email protected]">Rebecca Vesely