Patient Centered Medical Home Evaluation
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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Policy Brief on Federal Health Care Reform
In this policy brief, Dr. Andrew Coburn of the Muskie School discusses three of the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): health insurance coverage, delivery system improvement, and cost containment, highlighting some of the provisions of the law that have already been implemented and those where important implementation decisions will have to be made.