While the Affordable Care Act continues to dominate health care headlines in Alaska, a concept described as a quiet health care revolution is slowly building ground in the Last Frontier.
The concept – called the patient-centered medical home model -- has been around for nearly 20 years. PCMH finally making its way to Alaska, bringing along the potential to drastically shift how health care is run in the state.
“It says we don’t want to compartmentalize you,” said David D’Amato, senior director of health policy with the Alaska Primary Care Association. D’Amato called the health care model “quiet health care revolution” that has the potential to make Alaskans healthier, and reduce costs to both facilities and in turn, patients.
So how does PCMH work?