Regarding “Mixed results seen on Blues medical-home project” (ModernPhysician.com, June 8), the National Committee for Quality Assurance's criteria and standards miss the point and value of what is meant by “patient-centered.” Their medical-home standards are payer-centered. Unless the patient is an active participant in the medical home as an integral partner, the savings will be small and inconsistent.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care's standards require patient involvement and investment. Medical homes that are meeting AAAHC standards are demonstrating a patient cost savings of 30% a year, and these savings are holding and increasing.
Dr. Sam RomeoTower Health & Wellness CenterTurlock, Calif.