When it Comes to Primary Care, There’s No Place Like Medical Home

A study of a medical home pilot at some of the 26 medical centers of Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative, which combines hospitals, medical practices and health plans, found that the quality of care was higher and patients were more satisfied than at the cooperative’s other centers.

The study evaluated chronic illness care, medication monitoring and other quality measures. And for every $1 invested, Group Health saved $1.50 by reducing emergency-room and hospital use. The results persuaded the cooperative to expand the medical home model to all of its medical centers.