Hope Raised by Patient-Centered Medical Home

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    Nice little article today about the potential of the patient-centered medical home model. Public and private payers alike have been working (often together) with providers to try and improve this model in pilots across the country (at least one state has converted its entire Medicaid program to follow the PCMH model). Have a read:

     
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    Sorta like trying to tune up a car once a week, huh.

    Listen. If you don't need a doctor, for heavens sake don't go to a doctor. Just because people get old does not mean they have to have a doctor in their hip pocket.

    All kinds of studies show people do better when they DON'T go to doctors on a regular basis, and some studies show the Patients do much better when they are taken off the murphy's mix of medications.

    Around there in this family, you go to the doctor when you need a doctor and only when you need a doctor.
     
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    Not really, no. Simply having a regular primary care doctor with a coordinated care plan is not overutilization.

    But I'm not sure where you're getting the notion that primary care systems characterized by features like longitudinality and coordination aren't associated with better health outcomes since, you know, they are. Haphazardness is not healthy.
     
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    Ol' Toss apparently does not realize that the nations that have adapted the preventive care model have much better results than we do. Higher longevity, and much lower infant mortality. Even little Costa Rica, with an average income 1/10 of that in the US.
     

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