The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has existed as a concept since it was first introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1967. It’s built on the foundation of the four Cs of primary care: first contact, comprehensive care, continuous care, and coordinated care. It adds on top of that three additional components: enhanced access, quality and safety, and payment reform.
We believe the concepts behind the PCMH are still relevant today, especially as more and more payers acknowledge that an increased investment in primary care is needed to drive positive outcomes of the populations they serve.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the seven essential aspects of a PCMH and explore how the advanced primary care (APC) model builds on them.