Since medical home tenets include disease prevention and management of co-morbidities, RD participation is essential to improve patient health outcomes and reduce costs.
- Academy Medical Home Workgroup’s “Patient-Centered Medical Home Strategic Plan”
Many PCMH models are in place across the country. A variety of groups, including payer groups, state medical boards, state and federal government agencies, and national medical associations have collaborated to develop local PCMH models. Most models are initiated as demonstration projects to assess the program’s impact and cost-savings on a particular patient group, and in some cases the model targets specific disease conditions. Registered dietitians can be an integral part of the team that provides patient-centered care to individuals through the medical home.