The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has granted more than $44 million to help 810 community health centers become patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and increase their rates of cervical cancer screening. The funding, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, was announced by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sept. 27.[See also: Medical homes prove worth, in U.S. and abroad]
The PCMH is a care delivery model designed to improve quality of care through better coordination, treating the many needs of the patient at once, increasing access, and empowering the patient to be a partner in his/her own care. In most cases, the health centers received $55,000 to implement practice changes such as improved care coordination/ management needed to qualify as PCMHs. The awards also support health centers’ efforts to increase the percentage of women screened for cervical cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer and more than 4,000 deaths will occur across the United States in 2012. Patients who receive their healthcare in a patient-centered practice have been shown to receive a higher rate of preventive services, including cervical cancer screening.[See also: ACA rewards states with more funding to help block, bout infectious diseases ]
Click here to access a list of grantees receiving Quality Improvement in Health Centers Supplemental Funding.