Improving Patient Centered Medical Home Research, Evaluation, and Implementation

Prepared for
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

This project aims to strengthen primary care by providing information on how to implement, evaluate, and refine models to improve primary care, as well as how to effectively train practice facilitators. It continues the work Mathematica began in September 2009 in supporting the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and federal partners to study, collaborate, and produce recommendations to facilitate the development and implementation of models like the patient centered medical home (PCMH) that aim to transform the organization and delivery of primary care.  This project provides information to organizations that are working to transform primary care, policymakers, and researchers, and supports a forum for over 263 federal partners across 12 agencies to learn about the PCMH and build collaborations.

We are developing a series of white papers and briefs on:

  • The Role of Health IT in Quality Improvement
  • How to Ensure Team-Based Care Is Patient-Centered
  • Quality Improvement: Achieving Practice Buy-in
  • A Guide to Real-World Evaluations of Primary Care Interventions

We are also developing comprehensive and robust resources to train the emerging primary care practice facilitation (PCPF) workforce:

  • Environmental scan of practice facilitation resources
  • Case studies of three exemplar PCPF training programs
  • Model curriculum that builds on existing knowledge of PCPF, with input from a technical expert panel
  • PF webinar series introducing resources and presenting on topics in practice facilitation
  • An electronic newsletter sharing information about practice facilitation and resources targeted at practice facilitators and those who train them

Finally, we are working with AHRQ to communicate and disseminate their products. We are helping AHRQ revise their portal on the PCMH and providing content for the website and targeted mailings and presentations.