As we celebrate 50 years of the Community Health Center Movement we continue to highlight the ways in which health centers are innovators in the healthcare system. From the very beginning health centers have worked to address their patients’ unique needs through patient focused, coordinated, comprehensive care. Today the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care—also known as medical healthcare home—continues to build on these effective principles of quality patient care. The adoption of the model, which focuses on the patient as the center of team-based, coordinated, comprehensive care, has increased from just 1 percent in 2009 to 59 percent among health centers. And studies continue to show results—decreased costs of care, reduced cost from unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations, as well improvements in disease management and patient satisfaction.
To learn more about how Community Health Centers are embracing PCMH visit the PCMH page on the NACHC website, and read this blog on how two different health centers produced effective results as PCMHs.