Care coordination, a key element for delivery of quality primary care, involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient's care to achieve safer and more effective care. This means that the patient's needs and preferences are known ahead of time and communicated at the right time to the right people across units or sites of care to provide safe, appropriate, and effective care to the patient. AHRQ provides data, tools, and research to improve care coordination.
- Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH): A promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care to achieve high-quality, accessible, efficient healthcare for all Americans.
- Practice Facilitation: Practice facilitation or practice coaching is one of the most promising strategies to support the transition to new models of primary care.
- Tools for Implementing the Patient-Centered Medical Home: This resource describes attributes and functions of the medical home as well as foundational supports such as health IT, workforce, and finance.
- Evaluation Tools: Resources to help researchers evaluate crucial components of the medical home, including patient-centeredness, care coordination, the medical neighborhood, team-based care, and behavioral health integration.