This project will evaluate the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Pilot, a three-year multi-payer statewide demonstration project being conducted in 26 primary care practices in Maine. The premise of the Pilot is that the resources provided to practices through the Pilot (including enhanced payments, training, consultation, and learning collaboratives) will lead to practice transformation and a higher level of functionality as medical homes, which in turn will lead to improvements in quality of care, efficiency, and patient/family satisfaction. The goal of the implementation evaluation is to describe the processes used to implement the Maine PCMH and the factors that affect practices ability to implement the Pilot and ultimately to achieve its purposes. Findings will provide practical guidance to the practices, the Pilot conveners, including MaineCare, the Maine Quality Forum, and other quality improvement organizations for use in their technical assistance and collaborative efforts.
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Patient Centered Medical Home Evaluation
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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center
David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.
A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.