Patient-Centered Medical Home Model Serving Well

It has been seen that the traditional fee-for-service health care model fails to cater to the objectives and wishes of different departments.

While the doctors believe that rushing from patient to patient every 12 minutes is not as beneficial as spending some extra time with the ones who need it the most.

Whereas the employers wish to keep their workers healthy and productive on the job and hence want to restrain the skyrocketing health care costs which they are expected to pay out in benefits.

The insurers on the other hand insist that the doctors should not go for sophisticated, costly and useless tests and surgery and instead should suggest the services actually required by the patients.

A study carried out through the Charleston-area pilot project is said to have found extol in all the four areas.

As per this patient-centered medical home model, all the dependence is on the primary care physicians, who are expected to manage their patients’ care.

While the nurses take care of the well-visits, the doctors spend time with the complex and chronically ill patients. The primary care doctors hence have some time to spare and discuss sick patients with specialists.

Dr. William J. Hueston, Chairman of the department of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, says, "You could see a pulmonologist, a cardiologist, a radiologist and a pharmacist. But someone has to be the quarterback. You can't have 11 doctors on the team who all want to call the plays”.