- The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model will transform the way patient care is provided throughout Idaho.
- The potential of the PCMH was recognized by Governor Otter when he created the Idaho Medical Home Collaborative (IMHC), asking representatives from the healthcare sector to implement a pilot.
- This pilot is Idaho’s opportunity to learn what it takes to reform the state’s primary care delivery systems in a way that puts the patient first, leads to better health outcomes and is cost effective.
- The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) was the selected accrediting organization for the Idaho Medical Home Collaborative Pilot. NCQA was selected because of their low cost approach that focuses on transforming primary care practices into patient-centered medical homes. It is the most geographically used program in the United States. To learn more about NCQA please visit: http://www.ncqa.org/tabid/675/Default.aspx
- 17 Medical Home Organizations have completed the first year of the Idaho Medical Home Pilot and report the following challenges, successes and lessons learned.
“We have added a Referral Coordinator and RN Case Manager to the team. Patients as well as staff have voiced increased satisfaction as well as better continuity of care. Our quality markers have shown a remarkable increase since the implementation as well.”