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It Takes a Village: Integrating the Medical Neighborhood

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Group Practice Journal

Patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) require coordination and collaboration between both primary care and specialty care physicians to be effective. However, the actual integration of specialty care in PCMH models is often absent. This disconnect is increasingly frustrating for physicians and patients alike, and it challenges the overall success of the PCMH model. One solution gaining traction is the creation of a medical neighborhood—comprising both primary and specialty care PCMH models. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) launched the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) program, which aims at aligning specialist care models with those of primary care. This article introduces the case and components of the PCSP model and the opportunity to create a medical neighborhood.

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