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posted on July 03, 2012 15:06

NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   DATE: July 3, 2012

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Tom Shanahan
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Idaho’s Medical Home Collaborative Pilot Project Begins Accepting Applications
Two-year medical home pilot gets support from health care community

Thousands of Idahoans will benefit from coordinated health care delivery through a two-year primary care medical home pilot beginning this fall or early winter. The Governor-appointed Medical Home Collaborative, working in conjunction with the Idaho Medicaid’s Medical Home Project, has received support from area doctors, hospitals, community clinics and health insurers.

The patient-centered medical home model of care moves primary care from acute-focused, episodic care to a model of pro-actively coordinated preventive care based on the physician-patient relationship.

The Idaho Medical Home Collaborative would like to thank the following organizations for their generous grants, donations, and support in developing this endeavor:

  • Cambia Health Foundation (previously The Regence Foundation) - $10,000
  • Idaho Academy of Family Physicians - $5,000
  • Idaho Medical Association - $5,000
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation - $2,500
  • Family Medicine Residency of Idaho - $1,000
  • Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics - $500
  • Saint Luke’s Health System- $5,000
  • Primary Health Medical Group-$5,000
  • Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center-$5,000

“Research has shown that patients tend to get better care in medical homes,” said Angela Hult, Cambia Health Foundation executive director, “because fewer gaps in care mean fewer emergencies. We are pleased to support this pilot aimed at better quality of life for patients and lower health care costs.”

The collaborative is now accepting provider applications for participation in the 24 month pilot project. Twelve to fifteen practices from across the state will be selected to participate. Family physicians, internists, and pediatricians interested in learning more or applying for the project, should visit imhc.idaho.gov or email medicalhomeproject@dhw.idaho.gov. There will be more details announced on the pilot during the next month.

For more information, please visit http://imhc.idaho.gov/ .