Partial and Incremental PCMH Practice Transformation: Implications for Quality and Costs
Version of Record online: 5 JUL 2013
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Health Services Research
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 52–74, February 2014
How to Cite
Paustian, M. L., Alexander, J. A., El Reda, D. K., Wise, C. G., Green, L. A. and Fetters, M. D. (2014), Partial and Incremental PCMH Practice Transformation: Implications for Quality and Costs. Health Services Research, 49: 52–74. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12085
- Issue online: 17 JAN 2014
- Version of Record online: 5 JUL 2013
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Grant Number: R18 RFA-HS-10-002
- PCMH ;
- medical home;
To examine the associations between partial and incremental implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model and measures of cost and quality of care.
We combined validated, self-reported PCMH capabilities data with administrative claims data for a diverse statewide population of 2,432 primary care practices in Michigan. These data were supplemented with contextual data from the Area Resource File.
We measured medical home capabilities in place as of June 2009 and change in medical home capabilities implemented between July 2009 and June 2010. Generalized estimating equations were used to estimate the mean effect of these PCMH measures on total medical costs and quality of care delivered in physician practices between July 2009 and June 2010, while controlling for potential practice, patient cohort, physician organization, and practice environment confounders.
Based on the observed relationships for partial implementation, full implementation of the PCMH model is associated with a 3.5 percent higher quality composite score, a 5.1 percent higher preventive composite score, and $26.37 lower per member per month medical costs for adults. Full PCMH implementation is also associated with a 12.2 percent higher preventive composite score, but no reductions in costs for pediatric populations. Incremental improvements in PCMH model implementation yielded similar positive effects on quality of care for both adult and pediatric populations but were not associated with cost savings for either population.
Estimated effects of the PCMH model on quality and cost of care appear to improve with the degree of PCMH implementation achieved and with incremental improvements in implementation.