Patient Centered Medical Homes

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality lists 5 attributes or functions of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), a delivery model focusing on primary care practice.  Those criteria are to deliver care that is: patient- centered; comprehensive; coordinated; accessible; and continuously improving in regards to quality and safety.  The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has set the goal for all state primary care practices to become patient-centered medical homes by the year 2015.  To meet this goal, The Massachusetts PCMH Initiative (PCMHI) was created with the stated aim of "address[ing] a series of challenges, including: fragmented, discontinuous care that harms patient health status and increases costs; increasing prevalence of chronic disease, and suboptimal management of chronic disease among patients with such illness; and a growing shortage of primary care providers."