Four primary-care organizations have released a set of guidelines to help shape the testing of patient-centered medical homes. The guidelines are to bring some consistency to what medical home demonstration projects should have, says Robert Doherty, senior vice president for governmental affairs and public policy with the American College of Physicians, during a meeting sponsored by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. The groups made 16 recommendations on what they believe are the necessary elements of any medical home demonstration project. They address how practices should be chosen to participate and what kind of support and reimbursement practices should receive and what each project should do to analyze and distribute the results. The guidelines were released by the ACP, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Osteopathic Association, which in total represent 350,000 physicians. Doherty announced the release of the new guidelines last month shortly after a CMS official at the meeting discussed a forthcoming demonstration project the agency is developing to test the medical home concept. The three-year project, expected to include eight sites, has yet to be cleared by HHS and the White House Office of Management and Budget, says James Coan, the projects manager.Submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.
Groups say new guidelines will shape medical home model
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