Pa­tient in­volve­ment needed

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “Mixed re­sults seen on Blues med­i­cal-home project” (ModernPhy si­cian.com, June 8), the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for Qual­ity As­sur­ance’s cri­te­ria and stan­dards miss the point and value of what is meant by “pa­tient-cen­tered.” Their med­i­cal-home stan­dards are payer-cen­tered. Un­less the pa­tient is an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the med­i­cal home as an in­te­gral part­ner, the sav­ings will be small and in­con­sis­tent.

The Ac­cred­i­ta­tion As­so­ci­a­tion for Am­bu­la­tory Health Care’s stan­dards re­quire pa­tient in­volve­ment and in­vest­ment. Med­i­cal homes that are meet­ing AAAHC stan­dards are demon­strat­ing a pa­tient cost sav­ings of 30% a year, and these sav­ings are hold­ing and in­creas­ing.

Dr. Sam Romeo Tower Health & Well­ness Cen­ter

Tur­lock, Calif.

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