Nearly half of adults with health issues report problems with the coordination of their care in the United States. A fragmented healthcare system and the reliance of patients on multiple providers have helped fuel the trend, which is also a factor in medical mistakes and patient dissatisfaction. That is why the Patient-Centered Medical Home model (PCMH), where services are coordinated and integrated with a team approach, makes sense for healthcare. Community Health Centers (CHCs) are fast pursuing this model, with over 57 percent of health centers now recognized as PCMH. Community Health Centers will be successful in this model if they can successfully integrate with the larger medical neighborhood. To help foster and guide this national transformation, the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care (CEPC) has partnered with the Center for Care Innovations (CCI), a leader in cultivating and spreading innovation in the safety net, to develop the first of its kind online resource center for dissemination of these best practices in PCMH for CHC and other safety net settings. The new web site identifies high performing and innovative models of care integration with examples of high performing innovators in a number of domains.
“Our focus is on innovations in Community Health Centers and other safety net practices, with some implications for primary care in general,” said Ashley Rubin, MS, UCSF Department of Family & Community Medicine project manager and content developer for the website. “Our core belief is that the solutions we need will emerge as we continually share, test and refine the best future we can imagine. Keeping current on new developments and emerging trends are the first steps toward building good healthcare that is patient-centered and delivers results,” said Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Primary Care, who was a former CMO of a large CHC system. “CHCs are always on the cusp of innovation, with a core belief in integration, and we are excited to develop this resource for them.”
The new site is also a repository for training, building connections, grant opportunities and webinars.
You can find the new website by visiting this link.