American Academy of Physician Assistants

Patient-Centered Medical Home

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and PA practice were made for each other. 

Both are based on a team practice model with the patient front and center. Understanding and respecting each patient’s unique needs, cultures, values and preferences is key when establishing PCMH care plans.

Learn more about this growing practice in a post-Affordable Care Act world.

PAs transforming primary care

PA Professional cover story (PDF) highlights PAs' contributions to medical home practices.

Sharing medical home expertise

PAs involved in medical home transformation share experiences and advice.

Issue brief: PAs and PCMH

PA practice is integrated, patient focused and team based—exactly like patient-centered medical homes.

Here we give a brief overview (PDF) of this patient care, with the patient as a core member of the team.

PCMH defined

Compare versions of the patient-centered medical home as defined by the federal government, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Joint Commission, URAC (formerly known as the Utilization Review Accreditation Commission), Institute of Medicine and AAPA.

Model policy language

States are adopting and revising their medical home legislative and regulatory language as the PCMH model evolves and gains acceptance.

Read our recommendations for model policy language that will help to ensure full utilization of PAs. 

PAs, PCMHs and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The ACA encourages the utilization of all types of primary care providers in innovative care models and increases support for primary care.

Read the sections of the law that pertain to PAs and PCMHs.

Practice recognition

Several organizations accredit or recognize practices as patient-centered medical homes.

Learn pros and cons of each and how they address PAs.