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Specialty Health-Care Organizations Endorse Joint Principles of PCMH

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 22:00

(American College of Physicians: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) -- More than a dozen U.S. specialty health-care organizations joined the four major primary care physicians’ professional groups to endorse the seven-point Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

The PCMH offers the benefits of a personal physician with a whole-person orientation who accepts overall responsibility for the care of the patient and leads a team that provides enhanced access to care, improved coordinated and integrated care, and increased efforts to ensure safety and quality.

The Joint Principles describe the characteristics of a practice-based care model for providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth, and adults in a health-care setting. The PCMH facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians and—when appropriate—the patient’s family.

Promoting the establishment of the Joint Principles is the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). In addition to physicians and medical students, PCPCC’s membership consists of national employers and their associations, health-care quality advocacy groups, academic centers, and consumer advocacy groups in supporting the PCMH.

The Joint Principles were released in March 2007 by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which together represent some 333,000 physicians. The pediatricians, family physicians, internists, and osteopathic physicians represented by the four organizations provide the vast majority of primary care services to children, adolescent and adult patients in the United States.

For further information, and to view a list of the Joint Principles and concurring health-care organizations, visit www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-04/acop-tsh041608.php.

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The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists—physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 130,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.