Celebrating Patient-Centered Care

Published on February 6, 2015 by

Here in Maine, a set of dedicated primary care providers and their practice teams are quietly changing the way health care is delivered. They do more than treat sick and injured patients. They help people stay healthy and safe – ideally so they don’t become patients at all. They are the practices and community care teams taking part in the Maine Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and the MaineCare Health Home initiatives.

Participating practices receive training and incentives to change the way they provide care and to meet a set of rigorous care standards Success is measured by patient satisfaction levels, how well patients’ chronic diseases are controlled and by cost savings. Initial evaluation results indicate that the first practices to join the Maine PCMH initiative reduced overall cost by 1.8% between 2008 and 2012.

Maine Quality Counts, the Maine Quality Forum, the Maine Health Management Coalition and the Maine Department of Human Services recognized their efforts yesterday with a half-page ad in Maine’s largest newspapers and at a dinner celebrating their successes. A pioneer of modern patient-centered care, Yul Ejnes, MD, congratulated the practices and urged them to continue the challenging work of transforming primary care to better serve patients.

Practices received certificates of accomplishment from Maine Quality Counts executive director Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH on behalf of the PCMH and Health Home convening organizations.

Download audio of Dr. Ejnes’ engaging and insightful discussion of patient-centered care.


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