The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a new website devoted to providing objective information to policymakers and researchers on the medical home. The site provides users with searchable access to a rich database of publications and other resources on the medical home and exclusive access to the following AHRQ-funded white papers focused on critical medical home issues:
- Necessary But Not Sufficient: The HITECH Act and Health Information Technology's Potential to Build Medical Homes: Examining the potential of health IT to support the transformation by primary care practices to the PCMH model, this white paper looks at how the HITECH act and health reform legislation supports the PCMH model and offers policy recommendations on increasing the ability of health IT to contribute to it.
- Engaging Patients and Families in the Medical Home: Presenting a framework for engaging patients and families in the medical home, this white paper offers policymakers and researchers insights into opportunities for engagement, examples of existing efforts, and key lessons for future efforts.
- Integrating Mental Health Treatment Into the Patient Centered Medical Home: Examining the conceptual similarities in and differences between the PCMH and current strategies used to deliver mental health treatment in primary care, this white paper presents programmatic and policy actions needed to facilitate the integration of high-quality mental health treatment within a PCMH.