Lead State: Pennsylvania
The Medical Home model helps primary care offices reorganize into teams to ensure patients receive the evidence-based care they should, coordinate patient care across specialties and facilities, support patients in their self-care, use technology to order and track patient tests, referrals, and medicines, and continually measure, monitor, and improve quality and patient satisfaction.
Although the Medical Home model is being tested in hundreds of primary care practices across the U.S., to date, just 5% of the nation’s 353,000 primary care physicians have been involved in a Medical Home initiative.
In an effort to spread the model and better support primary care practices in making these changes, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has chosen 4 states (PA, NC, NM, OK) to lay the groundwork for a Primary Care Extension Service. The model for the Primary Care Extension Service is the highly successful agricultural Cooperative Extension. The work in Pennsylvania is called PA SPREAD: Pennsylvania Spreading Primary Care Enhanced Delivery Infrastructure.
Currently, PA SPREAD is working with the PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to support 19 practices in South Central and North West PA in becoming Medical Homes.
PA SPREAD also is looking to assist 3 other states (NJ, NY, VT) in developing the infrastructure for the Primary Care Extension Service. The Pennsylvania State Innovation Model Planning Grant is proposing a Healthcare Transformation Support Center modeled on the idea of the Primary Care Extension Service.
For more information on health extension in Pennsylvania, please visit www.PAspread.com .
Land Area: 44,743 square miles
Persons per square mile: 283.9
Median household: $51,651
Below poverty level: 12.6%
Collaborators within Pennsylvania
Alan Adelman, MD (PI)
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Research
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine
Robert Gabbay (PI)
Director, Penn State Hershey Diabetes Institute
Chief Medical Officer, PA Department of Public Welfare
Director of Chronic Care, PA Department of Health
Find out more about the states participating in health extension around the country:
Lead States (funded through AHRQ IMPaCT grants)
Learning Community Participants