The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

The patient centered medical home (PCMH) has become a centerpiece of national efforts to reform U.S. health care and improve the value of primary care. It addresses gaps in quality care and high health care costs.1,2 It also has been shown that when adults have a medical home and health insurance, racial and ethnic disparities in access and quality are reduced or eliminated.3 Specific to diabetes, the PCMH has been associated with an increase in primary care office visits,4 improvement in patient-related diabetes care process measures,5 and decrease in emergency department utilization6 among patients with diabetes.