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PCMH Education Pilot Project

Ohio House Bill 198

Primary care is a key component for controlling health care costs while providing high-quality health care in the state of Ohio. In June 2010, the need for Patient-Centered Medical Homes and updated medical training was identified, and Ohio House Bill 198 was created.

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Education Advisory Group (EAG) and the Patient-centered Medical Home Education Pilot Program were created by Ohio’s medical home statute (HB 198 of the 128th Ohio General Assembly). The Ohio Department of Health oversees implementation of the pilot program and seeks funding to support and sustain the initiative, with the assistance and advice of the EAG. The design of this pilot is unique because of its focus on education and advancing medical and nursing education in the PCMH model of care delivery.

Objectives of the pilot are:

  • Facilitate more rapid adoption of the PCMH model by primary care providers (PCPs)
  • Create practice sites where medical students, residents, and nurses can experience the PCMH model
  • Revise medical student, resident, and nursing curricula to incorporate PCMH principles
  • Attract and retain PCPs in Ohio by producing a more satisfying practice environment
  • Enhance quality of care delivered to residents of Ohio
  • Enhance patients' health care experience in the primary care office and community
  • Bend the healthcare cost curve making care more affordable and accessible
  • Create an organization to facilitate bringing available funding to Ohio for PCMH implementation

Forty-two (42) Ohio practice sites, each affiliated with one of four selected medical schools or one of five selected nursing schools completed the two-year practice transformation period through the pilot, which ended June 30, 2014. Limited support was available to practices through September 2014, as they continued to work to achieve PCMH recognition.  The project contracted with TransforMED to provide training and support for the pilot sites. Furthermore, to support the advancement of curricular reform to incorporate the aims and ideas of the PCMH, a Choose Ohio First scholarship opportunity for medical school and advance practice nurse (APN) students who commit to practice primary care in Ohio was also created.

The final report on the practice transformation portion of the project is now available:  PCMH Education Pilot Final Report

The PCMH Education Pilot Project is one of the most unique, visionary and concerted statewide efforts to commit to both improving how primary care is delivered and how providers are trained.

For more information about the Choose Ohio First scholarship program, Click Here


Reviewed 4/14/2017