Blog | Friday, September 20, 2013

QD: News Every Day--More staff for more revenue in patient-centered medical homes

Patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) reported higher per-patient costs and higher total medical revenue per patient than non-patient-centered operations, a cost survey found.

PCMHs reported a median of 29 total full-time-equivalent support staff per 10,000 patients, compared with 18.5 per 10,000 patients for those not in PCMHs. In addition, PCMHs reported more full-time equivalent providers per 10,000 patients, according to the MGMA Cost Survey for Primary Care Practices: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data.

“It’s possible to be truly patient-centered in any model of delivering care,” said Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, MGMA-ACMPE president and CEO, said in a press release. “Regardless of model, it requires a proper structure and foundation—the right providers and staff—to truly provide quality and cost-effective care to patients. It’s encouraging that physician practices are working to care and support their patients in new and innovative ways, even if it means a greater investment up front. Especially in an environment of such fiscal uncertainty, it’s evident that doing what’s best and investing in patients remains the top priority.”