Patient Centered Medical Home

AHRQ recognizes that revitalizing the nation's primary care system is foundational to achieving high-quality, accessible, efficient health care for all Americans. The primary care medical home, also referred to as the patient centered medical home (PCMH), advanced primary care, and the healthcare home, is a promising model for transforming the organization and delivery of primary care.

AHRQ has a PCMH Web site to provide decisionmakers and researchers with access to evidence-based resources about the medical home and its potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of U.S. health care.

AHRQ has invested over $4.1 million to study the transformation of a primary care practice into a PCMH. 

In 2011, AHRQ announced the funding of 4 cooperative grants to support sustainable state-level initiatives using primary care extension agents in small and medium sized primary care practices to assist with primary care re-design and transformation. To learn more about these grants, read the IMPaCT (Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation) Award Recipients fact sheet

Internet Citation: Patient Centered Medical Home. Content last reviewed December 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.