Study: Medical Homes Reduce Cost for Complex Patients

Patient-centered medical homes can reduce the cost of care for patients with complex medical issues, according to a recent study by the HealthPartners Research Foundation.

In a study of 58,391 patients receiving care from 22 medical groups using the medical home model from 2005 to 2009, PCMHs were found to reduce total cost of care and outpatient care costs for patients with complex medical issues, defined as taking seven or more medications.

Overall medical expenses per complex patient were reduced by $446 in 2005 and by $184 in 2009, according to the study. Outpatient cost of care was reduced by $241 per patient on seven or more medications in 2005 and by $54 in 2009.

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