Patient-centered medical homes: Will health care reform provide new options for rural communities and providers?

Jane N. Bolin, Larry Gamm, Joshua R. Vest, Nick Edwardson, Thomas R. Miller

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Abstract

Many are calling for the expansion of the patient-centered medical home model into rural and underserved populations as a transformative strategy to address issues of access, efficiency, quality, and sustainability in the delivery of health care. Patient-centered medical homes have been touted as a promising cost-saving model for comprehensive management of persons with chronic diseases and disabilities, but it is unclear how rural practitioners in medically underserved areas will implement the patient-centered medical home. This article examines how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010 will enhance rural providers' ability to provide patient-centered care and services contemplated under the Act in a comprehensive, coordinated, cost-effective way despite leaner budgets and health workforce shortages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

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Keywords

  • PPACA
  • chronic disease
  • patientcentered medical home
  • rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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