The medical home model holds promise as a way to improve health care in America by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered. Building on the work of a large and growing community, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a medical home not simply as a place but as a model of the organization of primary care that delivers the core functions of primary health care. Practice level primary care PCMH changes have shown significant improvements in quality and satisfaction while reducing costs.
The medical home encompasses five functions and attributes:
AHRQ's Definition of the Medical Home
Agency for Healthcare and Quality
PCMH Resource Center