By Joanne Finnegan @ Fierce Healthcare

The patient-centered medical homes model is growing and those practices have more non-physician clinicians on staff and higher use of electronic health records.As of 2013, 18% of office-based primary care doctors in the United States worked in practices certified as PCMHs, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Researchers compared PCMH practices—a comprehensive care delivery model which provides team-based care—to traditional practices. The report noted the following differences:

  • Primary care doctors in PCMH practices had at least one physician assistant, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife on staff compared to traditional practices (nearly 69% versus 48%).
  • Doctors who were part of a PCHM practice used EHR systems more frequently (94% versus 74%) and provided greater around-the-clock access to patient medical records (91% versus 74%).
  • Doctors in PCMH practices reported electronic transmission as the primary method to receive information on patients hospitalized or seen in emergency departments (nearly 70% versus 41%).
  • More doctors in PCMH practices reported quality measures or indicators to payers or organizations monitoring healthcare quality (nearly 87% versus 70%).

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