Military Health System

Topics: Medicine, Health care, Health Pages: 2 (533 words) Published: June 16, 2014
The Military Health System (MHS) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) have also taken major steps toward implementing the PCMH on a broad scale. The MHS started with implementation at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in 2007, and directed full-scale implementation across the entire MHS in September 2009 (Hudak, et al., 2013). Each branch of the military was directed to adapt the model to fit their particular context and needs, and settled on the following PCMH brands: Army Home, Navy Medical Home-port, and Air Force Patient-Centered Medical Home (Hudak, et al., 2013). NCQA recognition was identified as the standard recognition approach for the PCMH model. Forty-eight MHS practices were chosen to pursue NCQA recognition in 2011, with the goal of all military treatment facilities achieving either Level 2 or 3 NCQA recognition by 2016 (Hudak, et al., 2013). The goals of the PCMH models across the MHS are to achieve the Quadruple Aim: experience of care, population health, per capita costs, and readiness (Hudak, et al., 2013). Furthermore, the MHS adapted the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home to fit the unique context and policies of the military. To be recognized as a MHS PCMH, the practice must either have Level 2 or 3 NCQA recognition or meet a set of pre-established criteria related to practice capacity, team-based care, staffing, roles, and quality improvement (Hudak, et al., 2013). By January 2012, approximately 2.28 million members were receiving care from MHS PCMH practices, exceeding initial targets for expansion of the PCMH model. Furthermore, 44 MHS PCMHs achieved official recognition by NCQA, most at Level 3 (93 percent). According to Hudak et al. (2013), the results observed in this context to date are promising across utilization and quality metrics, showing decreased ED utilization, increased continuity of care, and higher overall patient experience, all relative to non-PCMH peer groups. However,...
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