In response to the Effectiveness of medical homes questioned article, I think critical evaluation of all healthcare delivery models is a good thing, including the patient-centered medical home. Regarding the criticism that primary-care physicians may not be the best people to manage care coordination, its probably true that certain primary-care physicians will do a better job than others in coordinating care.
Docs well-suited for medical home model
Nevertheless, as a group, they seem to me to be the ones best-suited for the job. Its important, however, that the system enable primary-care physicians to provide this crucial service by supplying them with effective health IT tools and paying them enough to spend the time necessary to coordinate and evaluate care being rendered to their patients. Over the long term, this will likely save money, especially when treating patients with chronic conditions.
Stephen E. Beller, Ph.D.CEO, presidentNational Health Data SystemsCroton-On-Hudson, N.Y.
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