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Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research Supports UAlbany School of Public Health Study on Home Care for Older Adults

Agency Grants Professor Timothy Hoff $100,000 to Study Tailoring Medical Home Care to Diverse Populations

Patient-centered medical home seeks to strengthen the U.S. primary care system through improvements in quality, access, and care delivery.


ALBANY, N.Y. (October 21, 2011) -- University at Albany Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management Timothy Hoff has been awarded a $100,000 research grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research (AHRQ) to support a study examining patient-centered medical home (PCMH) care for older adult patients within primary care settings.

Hoff’s study is one of the first nationally to examine tailoring medical home care to different populations. It will draw upon extended interviews and focus groups with physicians and nurses now delivering medical home care within primary care practices.

The patient-centered medical home care model is an important health care innovation that seeks to strengthen the U.S. primary care system through improvements in quality, access, and care delivery. Recent U.S. health reform legislation places significant emphasis on PCMH care to improve both quality and efficiency within the current system, and to create a more patient-oriented care experience. Many state governments are also looking to medical home care innovations to improve public health insurance programs like Medicaid and Child Health Plus.

Hoff said, “The goal is to use the everyday experiences of clinicians doing medical home care to develop new ideas about how to best provide that care to an important patient population, older adults. Older adults consume most of the primary care services in the United States, and tend to need medical home care the most given higher rates of chronic disease. The success of the entire medical home enterprise rests on how well we provide that type of care to this particular population."

The results of Hoff’s study will be used at a national level to modify medical home implementation in ways that are more suited to the specific needs and expectations of older adults.

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