As a leader in physician education and training, Challenger Corporation offers content that addresses both physician assistant training as well as individual physician assistant needs regarding knowledge of today's systems-based care core competencies. One such item is the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Here's a brief summary of PCMH, it's origins and definitions.
The roots of the PCMH care model stem from the pediatric literature of the 1960s and '70s highlighting the importance of a "medical home" to facilitate the coordination of care for special-needs children. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) therefore was the initiating force in developing this concept. More recently, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) expanded the concept to the full patient population and added elements of patient-centered care, the Wagner Chronic Care model, and health information technology.
In March 2007, the AAFP and ACP collaborated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to develop a set of "Joint Principles" to describe the key attributes of the PCMH. These principles promote health care delivery for all patients through all stages of life that is characterized by the following features: