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Federal PCMH Activities

Federal Collaborative

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality convenes a collaborative group of Executive Branch employees in Federal agencies and departments that are currently doing work related to the PCMH or have an interest in the PCMH.

The Collaborative provides opportunities to increase cooperation and collaboration on PCMH-related activities and minimize duplication of effort among Federal agencies. It also provides an opportunity for Federal personnel in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to develop a common base of knowledge about the PCMH model through in-person presentations by colleagues and by non-Federal experts.

AHRQ convenes a group of Executive Branch employees in Federal agencies and departments with an interest in the PCMH. The Collaborative provides opportunities to increase cooperation and collaboration on PCMH-related activities and minimize duplication of effort among Federal agencies.

Catalogue of Federal PCMH Activities

The Catalogue of Federal PCMH Activities summarizes the PCMH-related work of Departments and Agencies participating in the Federal PCMH Collaborative (see description below). The Collaborative created this Catalogue so that people can find out easily about the PCMH work being done by participating agencies. The Catalogue also provides information about ways the agencies are working together to promote a strong primary care delivery system, which includes supporting promising models of primary care transformation like the PCMH.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)A large number of research and technical assistance activities are currently underway at AHRQ that are designed to advance the conceptualization of the medical home model and help primary care practices transform to deliver more patient-centered care. AHRQ is collaborating with most of the agencies in the Federal sector that work on medical homes and is in a unique position to convene the disparate Federal agencies to advance collaboration and consensus within the field. (Updated October 2014)(PDF-166KB) PDF Help
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U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provides health insurance benefits to over 8 million Federal employees, annuitants, and their family members through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. To encourage FEHB insurance carriers to continue to pursue the Triple Aim, OPM specified requirements for Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) in 2013. OPM monitors quality indicators related to PCMH, connects health plans with resources to implement integrated care delivery, and supports FEHB plan collaboration with Federal PCMH initiatives. (Updated October 2014)(PDF-127KB) PDF Help
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)The CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has implemented the Medicare Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration (MAPCP) and Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Demonstration (FQHC APCP). They are also developing other demonstration projects that will test and evaluate advanced primary care models of care delivery and payment. (Updated October 2012)(PDF-140KB) PDF Help
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Department of Defense (DOD) DOD has a variety of internal marketing materials, policies and demonstrations that are being used to evaluate its transition to PCMH-based model of healthcare for beneficiaries in the direct care system. In addition, the DOD works closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to achieve mutual goals. (Updated October 2012)(PDF-156KB) PDF Help
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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HRSA has been funding projects on the medical home concept since the 1980s, and is currently engaged in a number of projects related to the PCMH. HRSA has collaborated with many agencies on the PCMH, as well as a number of private organizations and associations. It has produced several toolkits and other resources related to the PCMH which are publically available. (Updated October 2012)(PDF-177KB) PDF Help
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SAMHSA funds a variety of behavioral health-specific programs and hopes to promote their use in primary care and PCMH settings. In addition, SAMHSA is providing substance abuse and mental health expertise to other agencies working to develop and implement medical home models of care. (Last Updated March 2011)(PDF-345KB) PDF Help
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National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) NCI primarily funds research activities and has published a variety of reports and tools that are of use to the design and improvement of a medical home model. (Last Updated March 2011)(PDF-664KB) PDF Help
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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)VA has funded a significant number of pilot projects, training programs, and system improvements that promote a medical home model of care. The Department sees the PCMH as central to its mission to deliver direct care to veterans, and as such, has partnered with several agencies and regularly shares its experiences with interested stakeholders. (Updated October 2012)(PDF-168KB) PDF Help
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Tables that summarize PCMH activities across the participating agencies and highlight areas of collaboration can be accessed by clicking on the PDF and HTML links here:

  • Table 1: PCMH Activities Across Federal agencies as of October 2014 (PDF-150KB) PDF Help (HTML)
  • Table 2: Cross-Agency Collaborations on the PCMH as of October 2012 ( PDF-96KB) PDF Help (HTML)

Developing the Catalogue Summaries

In August and September 2010, AHRQ and Mathematica Policy Research staff gathered information for the Catalogue through telephone discussions with individuals from agencies participating in the Federal PCMH Collaborative. From these conversations, they created summaries of activities for each agency and a table that compares activities across all agencies. Since 2010, these agencies have made updates to their catalogues. The catalogues for SAMHSA and NCI are updated as of March 2011, and the catalogues for AHRQ, CMS, DoD, HRSA, and the VA are updated as of October 2012. Each agency reviewed and approved its summary before the information was posted to the AHRQ PCMH website.

Maintaining and Updating Catalogue Content

The agency summaries are maintained by members of the Federal PCMH Collaborative Steering Committee. If you would like to contact an agency’s Steering Committee Representative, or give general feedback on the Federal Catalogue of PCMH activities, please contact Dr. Janice Genevro at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (