Study suggests hopes may be too high for new 'health care homes’

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 15, 2011 - 2:16 PM

A new study finds the model offers only modest improvements in care and satisfaction.

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wileyrulesNov. 14, 11 8:55 PM

Might want to change the headline--I just asked my wife what a "style clinic" was.

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northerlyNov. 15, 11 7:43 AM

The health care home model represents a significant improvement and is worth expanding despite Solberg's findings, said state Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger....... Hopefully Dr. Ehlinger is kidding. He wants to take an idea that has essentially failed and spend more valuable healthcare $$ on it?

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cpmn316Nov. 15, 11 8:38 AM

Sounds like so many government programs. A "feel good" program designed to cure a social ill. The fact that objective measurement of the program does not support the investment means nothing. The government sponsor says we should continue to fund their "feel good" concept until they can find data to support their program.

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alittlebirdNov. 15, 11 9:06 AM

The gimmick of 'health care homes' is 'flavor of the month' in the health care industry, as are a lot of hospital slogans and campaigns, but federal regulations DO mandate that a doctor be more hands-on in patient care; something I hope to see.

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mwallekNov. 15, 11 9:57 AM

Whatever plan comes out of adapting to a fully capitalized system will only be one more way of delivering mediocre care at inflated prices while keeping the CEO's and CFO's on a six figue income and in really nice rides.

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sgwarnerNov. 15, 11 1:42 PM

As the writer says, this is a study limited to HealthPartners clinics. A health system that has been ahead of the curve for a decade. So, it is a good assumption that their patients are already healthier than many others in other more traditional clinics and health systems. I agree with the health commissioner: let's see the results when a more comprehensive survey is completed, which includes health care homes in clinics with more people with disabilities, complicated health conditions and chronic disorders. For example, in just its first 21 months, Courage Center's Primary Care Clinic, a state-certified health care home, has seen a 76% reduction in hospitalizations. You can see more of Courage Center's outcomes by following this link. http://www.couragecenter.org/ContentPages/hchoutcomes.aspx?FromNavPK=1075

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bestcare3Nov. 15, 11 2:04 PM

I am thrilled to be a patient of a medical home. Everyone at the clinic knows who I am and takes part in my care. They track medications, make sure I access preventative care, and call patients to remind them to make/keep appointments for chronic care among many other things. As a result, I have devised my own self care management plan to keep me on track-as I am the one who is ultimately responsible for my care This is accountable care at it's finest.

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