US medical home model delivers savings and improves care, says health insurer

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 14 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4598
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

CareFirst, a not-for-profit health insurance company that provides coverage to nearly 3.4 million people in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, says that its patient centered medical home program has substantially slowed the growth of its costs and improved the quality of care.

The medical home program provides participating primary care physicians and nurse practitioners with financial incentives, data, and other services to help them give more coordinated care to high cost, chronically ill patients.

The medical home model emphasizes a team based approach that focuses on prevention and …

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