Improving Quality and Value through Summit

18 Jan 2012

AF4Q South Central Pennsylvania hosted “Improving the Quality & Value of Health Care,” a summit for employers and providers that showcased innovations in health care delivery. Keynoting the event was Paul Grundy, who spoke about the merits of patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), which are designed to foster close relationships between consumers and their primary care physicians. PCMHs are coming alive in South Central Pennsylvania through the Planned Care Collaborative. Karen Jones, MD, explained the value to patients, providers, and employers. “By tying in the PCMH model, the Planned Care Collaborative is an approach that emphasizes partnership with the patient and, as appropriate, the patient’s family,” she said. “Through eliminating waste, more time can be focused on the patient, and in the end, this concept can reduce preventable hospitalizations, hospital readmissions, and emergency room visits while improving health outcomes and reducing the cost of health care services." Quality improvement is a primary tenet of AF4Q–South Central Pennsylvania’s work, and PCMHs are a clear choice to reach this end. Learn more by reading the press release or view the presentation slides.