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URAC has announced another public comment period, open until Oct. 14, for its forthcoming Patient Centered Health Care Home (PCHCH) Program, which it appears to be positioning as an alternative to NCQA medical home certification. The program, comprised of an integrated series of three educational toolkits, is aimed at helping health care practices follow a step-wise process in their journey to becoming a PCHCH.
URAC-Potential NCQA Alternative-Invites Public Comments on Second Set of Toolkits for Patient Centered Health Care Home Program
Health Affairs' new policy brief on medical homes contains good summary data from across seven medical home pilot projects about the impact each one had on hospitalizations, ED visits, and/or total savings per patient.
PCMH impact data: Admissions, ED Visits, and Total Savings
Collaborative members are reporting a lot of concern from physicians about the question, "What implication does medical home's team-based care approach have for my malpractice risk?" Our recent webconference on legal issues in the medical home didn't tackle that issue, so we asked one of our attorney panelists for that presentation, C. Frederick Geilfuss, II of Foley & Lardner LLP, to weigh in.
Malpractice Risk in Team-Based Care