Edwina Rogers, executive director of Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, began her presentation by highlighting the movement to advance medical homes.
With the U.S. being the number one in the world for the cost of healthcare and ranked number 37 in the quality category, something needs to change. Rogers discussed the broad stakeholder support and participation for the movement, as well as the incredible volunteer involvement. The four ‘centers’ include: the Center to Promote Public-Payer Implementation, the Center for Multi-Stakeholder Demonstration, the Center for eHealth Information Adoption and Exchange and the Center for Health Benefit Redesign and Implementation. Medical Homes will provide superb access to care, patient engagament in care, clinical information systems, care coordination, team care, patient feedback and publically available information.
Edwards explained that the Obama administration believes the medical homes concept is the best way to approach healthcare reform. The U.S. House of Representatives has showed great support for the movement and is helping develop and allocate funds for a five-year pilot program. She expressed her enthusiasm for the movement and her prediction that the medical home model is certainly the future of health care.
A complete version of Rogers’ presentation on the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative is available online.