A survey came out recently that stated that half of patients haven’t had their doctors talk to them about healthcare reform. With only two months until the beginning of the open enrollment period (October 1, 2013), there exists a significant knowledge gap for many Americans on what reform means for them and their families.
Whether you can squarely fault doctors for failing to inform their patients of these changes (as their trusted healthcare experts) is uncertain. As an administrator in the field who works daily with physicians, I believe one measure stemming from the Affordable Care Act that all should know something about–whether or not you doctor mentions it to you–is the concept of a “patient-centered medical home” (Medical Homes or PCMH). More than just a physical location, a medical home is a philosophy that places the patient at the center of care delivery where his or her care is coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It requires