Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 584–592

A Nationwide Survey of Patient Centered Medical Home Demonstration Projects

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-010-1262-8

Cite this article as:
Bitton, A., Martin, C. & Landon, B.E. J GEN INTERN MED (2010) 25: 584. doi:10.1007/s11606-010-1262-8



The patient centered medical home has received considerable attention as a potential way to improve primary care quality and limit cost growth. Little information exists that systematically compares PCMH pilot projects across the country.


Cross-sectional key-informant interviews.


Leaders from existing PCMH demonstration projects with external payment reform.


We used a semi-structured interview tool with the following domains: project history, organization and participants, practice requirements and selection process, medical home recognition, payment structure, practice transformation, and evaluation design.


A total of 26 demonstrations in 18 states were interviewed. Current demonstrations include over 14,000 physicians caring for nearly 5 million patients. A majority of demonstrations are single payer, and most utilize a three component payment model (traditional fee for service, per person per month fixed payments, and bonus performance payments). The median incremental revenue per physician per year was $22,834 (range $720 to $91,146). Two major practice transformation models were identified—consultative and implementation of the chronic care model. A majority of demonstrations did not have well-developed evaluation plans.


Current PCMH demonstration projects with external payment reform include large numbers of patients and physicians as well as a wide spectrum of implementation models. Key questions exist around the adequacy of current payment mechanisms and evaluation plans as public and policy interest in the PCMH model grows.


primary care physician payment health reform 

Supplementary material

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Appendix 1Excluded Demonstration Projects (DOC 105 kb)
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Appendix 2Transformation Part I (DOC 89 kb)
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Appendix 3Transformation Part II (DOC 88 kb)

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Asaf Bitton
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carina Martin
    • 1
  • Bruce E. Landon
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health Care PolicyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Division of General MedicineBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Division of General Medicine and Primary CareBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA

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