As a partnering organization in the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative (APII), ACHI is involved in more than just research and analyses. During the spring of 2012, the partnership made efforts to educate the public about a key component of APII, the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model. Along with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, QualChoice of Arkansas, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, and Arkansas Medicaid, the initiative hosted seven “town hall” meetings across the state.
The meetings sought to engage local primary care physicians, and also drew in nurses, other local providers, and members of the general public. A rotating panel of representatives from the partner organization were featured, who outlined the elements of the PCMH model. Panelists discussed the model design, how the payment structure is intended to work, the benefits of the model, and how PCMHs fit into the overall goals of APII.
The town halls also featured an open question-and-answer session. Attendees were invited to ask questions about the model itself, as well as outline any concerns they felt were not addressed.
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