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Commonwealth Fund Report: Adult's Health Care Experiences in Seven Countries, 2007

Posted Oct 30 2008 3:21pm

The Commonwealth Fund Report for 2007 was released on November 1st at an event that included representatives from a number of countries (including Tony Clement from Canada). A core theme of this report was the concept of a patient having a 'Medical Home'. Essentially a primary care provider (physician or nurse practitioner) who takes responsibility for the care of a patient.

"Medical Homes Could Improve Performance Cross-national and U.S.-specific studies find an association between access to comprehensive primary care and both better health outcomes and lower medical costs. In light of such evidence, a movement has emerged to transform primary care practices into "medical homes" that provide an array of patient services in an efficient manner. To determine if respondents had a medical home, the survey asked if they had a regular doctor or source of primary care; if their provider had information about their medical history; if their provider could be contacted by phone during office hours; and if the provider coordinated their care. Link: Toward Higher-Performance Health Systems: Adults' Health Care Experiences in Seven Countries, 2007. Download the Slide Deck (PowerPoint), click here

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