Medical homes are improving patient care in the field, but the patient needs to become a more active participant in this model of care, healthcare experts said during a medical-homes summit in Washington.
The second annual Patient Centered Medical Home Summit was sponsored by the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a coalition of stakeholders that support the concept of patient-centered medical homes.
Emerging data indicate that medical-home pilot programs are reducing hospital admissions, said Paul Grundy, chairman of the group. Currently, there are 22 multi-stakeholder projects on medical homes, with more activity on the horizon. Eight Medicare pilots are planned for 2009, and to date, 44 states and the District of Columbia have either passed laws or instituted other activities on the development of medical homes, he said.
Jessie Gruman, president of the Center for the Advancement of Health Care, agreed that medical homes were a central building block in improving the healthcare system. However, in its current incarnation, it treats patients as an object of care and doesnt recognize that [patients] must be full participants in the development of the medical home, Gruman said.
A Harris Interactive survey released at the summit found that nearly half of the respondents would be more likely to support the presidential candidates respective healthcare plans if they included a patient-centered medical home model. -- by Jennifer Lubell