PCMH Data Certifies Proof of Concept

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , January 15, 2014

Early Finding Stand Up to Scrutiny
Clearly, the Collaborative has a bias here in placing PCMHs in the best possible light. But I don't think they're cooking the data and I would be happy to speak with any skeptics who can show me that the PCMH model doesn't work. Of course, skeptics should be prepared to provide their blueprint for "bending the cost curve" in healthcare.

Obviously, I am an unabashed fan of the PCMH. The returns may be preliminary, but the trends are inarguable. It is gratifying to see that a complex but innovative care model which makes so much sense is delivering on its potential for improving care while reducing costs. Even better, we should fully expect that these results will improve in the coming years.

For now, the composite results gathered by the Collaborative are very impressive. PCMH advocates shouldn't be afraid to crow about the findings. As Walt Whitman once wrote: "If you done it, it ain't bragging."

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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