Forum Session

Building the Medical Home: Evaluating the Blueprints
June 27, 2008


Lisa Sprague, MBA


There are various reasons why the concept of a medical home—particularly for patients with chronic disease—has caught the attention of health care advocates and policymakers. Among these are a perceived shortage of primary care, a prevailing absence of care coordination across providers and settings, and an imbalance in earning power between primary care physicians and specialists. This Forum session looked at these perceptions and how a medical home model might be expected to address them. It also considered how a medical home might be defined, financed, and evaluated and to whom it should most appropriately be made available. Speakers stressed that the medical home concept should be considered as one element in a delivery system reform agenda.


Robert Berenson, MD, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute; Margaret O’Kane, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance; Mark Miller, PhD, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Berenson, Ms. O’Kane, and Dr. Miller are available for download.

Related Materials

For information and slides from a subsequent Forum session on this topic, see "Building the Medical Home: Surveying the Floor Plans" (October 28, 2008).

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