New Model of Primary Care: The Patient-Centered Medical Home

February 3, 2015 Brigham and Women's Hospital

The patient-centered medical home uses a team of caregivers to provide patient care in a coordinated fashion.

The need for primary care physicians has never been greater, yet fewer medical students are choosing to become primary care physicians. By 2030, it’s estimated that we’ll have 65,000 too few primary care physicians in the U.S. At the same time, the number of people over 65, many of whom have multiple health conditions, is expected to double, from 35 million today to 70 million in 2030.

The good news is that the patient-centered medical home, a new model of primary care, is expected to help address this shortage and improve patient access. In the video below, Joseph Frolkis, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Primary Care in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), describes the patient-centered medical home, which uses a team of caregivers to provide care to patients in a coordinated fashion.

The patient-centered medical home often involves a physician as the head of a team, along with team members that may include nurse practitioners or physician assistants. The care team can also include nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers, community health workers, community resource specialists, and other behavioral health professionals. Team members communicate with each other in real time to efficiently provide high-quality patient care that also improves patient outcomes and increases physician satisfaction.

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