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Issue Brief
November 2012

Health Homes in Medicaid

The Affordable Care Act offers states several ways to improve patient care using a coordinated, patient-centered approach. The Medicaid health home is one such model states can pursue with funding from the health care law.

A health home is a health care provider (or group of providers) who coordinates all aspects of patient care, including primary, behavioral health, and long-term care. Health homes focus on people with chronic conditions.

Health homes can reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, adverse drug reactions, and duplication of tests and have the potential to lower health care costs.

Use this series to understand:

  • how health homes work
  • key principles for consumer-friendly design
  • options for paying providers and measuring quality
  • how to advocate for health homes that improve the health of Medicaid enrollees with chronic conditions