One critical step in developing an effective health care home has been a move to an alternative payment methodology (APM). In 2013, Virginia Garcia implemented a state-sponsored payment reform pilot program to align reimbursement with the patient centered primary care home model. The APM provides reimbursement for the population served and results achieved, rather than the number of office visits and procedures.

This payment model frees up teams of primary care providers, behaviorists, clinical pharmacists, nurses and community health workers to provide patient-centered care. In this way, the APM gives us the flexibility to care for our patients in the best way possible.

Learn more about the APM pilot project by clicking on the Frontiers of Healthcare BLOG at
http://frontiersofhealthcare.com/2013/12/29/alternative-payment-methodology