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The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center serves clients with unmet primary health care needs and uses a "pod" model of healthcare. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
In addition to primary medical care, the center also offers dental services. The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center serves clients with unmet primary health care needs and uses a "pod" model of healthcare. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
Exam rooms are outfitted with a curtain, which allows translators in the room while still protecting the patient's privacy. The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center serves clients with unmet primary health care needs and uses a "pod" model of healthcare. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
The pod model is unique to Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. Each pod consists of five teams, and each team has a doctor, nurse and patient care coordinator who work together in the same space. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
The pod model is unique to Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. Each pod consists of five teams, and each team has a doctor, nurse and patient care coordinator who work together in the same space. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
The pod model is unique to Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. Each pod consists of five teams, and each team has a doctor, nurse and patient care coordinator who work together in the same space. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
A patient care coordinator works in a pod inside the center. The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center serves clients with unmet primary health care needs and uses a "pod" model of healthcare. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
A large exam room in the center. The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center serves clients with unmet primary health care needs and uses a "pod" model of healthcare. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
A waiting area at the center. The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center serves clients with unmet primary health care needs and uses a "pod" model of healthcare. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center serves clients with unmet primary health care needs and uses a "pod" model of healthcare. Jan. 14, 2014
Loren Holmes photo
Laurel Andrews

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?

READ MORE: The 'quiet health care revolution' that has nothing to do with Obamacare.