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Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
AHRQ recognizes that revitalizing the Nation's primary care system is foundational to achieving high-quality, accessible, efficient health care for all Americans. The primary care medical home, also referred to as the patient centered medical home (PCMH), advanced primary care, and the healthcare home, is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care.
AHRQ has developed a Web site to provide decisionmakers and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care.
Additionally, AHRQ has invested over $4.1 million to study the transformation of primary care practices into PCMHs. Select for the fact sheet to learn about the 14 grantees and to track their progress.
Meetings & Conferences
Conference on International Lessons in Primary Care: April 2011
On April 4, 2011, AHRQ hosted a small conference on international lessons in primary care system design and development. Leading thinkers, researchers, and implementers from Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom joined a delegation from the United States led to discuss models of care, system and community infrastructure, quality and safety, process of health system change and sustainability, and financing and incentives. The goal of the meeting was to propose a policy roadmap for the United States to revitalize its primary care system. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund and was organized in partnership with the AAFP's Robert Graham Center. The conference presentations and group discussions may be viewed on-line through April 30, 2012. Later in 2011, AHRQ will publish a summary of the conference and individual papers from each of the seven participating delegations.