Promoting the PCMH Model

Community health centers have long been the Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) to scores of medically underserved individuals. As we move forward toward health care reform, and define the criteria for the Health Care Home, AAPCHO and its 33 member community‐based organizations, recommend consideration of the following:

  1. In addition to the adoption of NCQA standards for a Patient Centered Medical Home, complementary standards should be established for those “medical homes” located within federally designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) or for those medical homes serving Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs). These Patient Centered Homes that meet these complementary standards should be recognized as “Community Health Care Homes”.
  2. The “Community Health Care Home” should have competence or solid partnerships in the areas of: Community Participation, Training and Community Development, Cultural Practices, and Enabling Services.
  3. Enabling service standards should be based on the delivery, codification and tracking of enabling services referenced in AAPCHO’s handbook for Enabling Services Data Collection and in the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)/ MGA report on enabling services.
  4. Standards for the Patient Centered Medical Home and the Community Health Care Home should address the original principles of the medical home established by the American Academy of Pediatrics and should promote services that are: community based and accessible, familycentered, coordinated, comprehensive, continuous, culturally effective and compassionate.

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