The patient-centered medical home model of care delivery is beginning to gain currency in the industry. NCQA has certified some 4,900 primary care practices as medical homes. Its stamp of approval serves as the industry’s gold standard. Gaining the recognition is not easy, however, and a practice must have a wealth of information system capacity—an EHR, patient portal, and data mining capabilities are critical.

But when you ask providers for a definition of a medical home, the answers are varied as widely as the groups themselves. Here are a few definitions offered by physicians whose groups have passed muster with NCQA:

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