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As Part Of Health Law, States Begin Launching ‘Medical Homes’

In Missouri and Kansas, news outlets are covering plans to create medical homes.

St. Louis Beacon: Missouri Is First To Implement 'Health Homes' for Patients With Chronic Illnesses
Beginning next year, Missouri will take a new approach to serving residents with mental health, substance abuse and other chronic conditions. These residents will all be served through what's known as a "health home" model. It means providers — ranging from primary-care doctors to counselors — will be able to share the same data on each patient and provide better coordinated care (Joiner, 10/24).

Kansas Health Institute News: Kansas Clinics Get Funding For Medical Home Pilot Project
Two Kansas health clinics will participate in a three-year program aimed at improving the coordination and quality of care for Medicare patients, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today. ... The Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration — which was authorized by the federal health reform — is intended to show how the patient-centered, medical home model can improve quality of care, promote better health and lower costs, officials said (10/24). 

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