The concept of a patient-centered medical home — which combines the modern-day advantages of computerized medical data with the old-time convenience of having a familiar doctor — is catching on across the country. More primary care practices have started to provide team care, and almost 7,000 have already been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as patient-centered medical homes. In Georgia, health insurers such as Aetna, Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente and WellCare have launched medical home-style programs.
Northeast Georgia Health System is joining a $20 million federal project to improve coordination of healthcare between doctors, hospitals and specialists. The Gainesville system will help expand the idea of a “patient-centered medical home” into a “medical neighborhood.”