Innovative Care Models FAQs

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How does the PCMH care model differ from former "gatekeeping" models of care?

The PCMH model does not place the patient's personal physician in the role of gatekeeper. There is nothing in the model that prohibits the patient from directly seeing another physician including specialists and subspecialists. It is believed that the clinical features of the PCMH care model will encourage and reinforce the patient to first contact their PCMH personal physician for their treatment needs and this physician will serve as a trusted source of information and advice regarding any required treatment outside of the PCMH.

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