The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative has released a guide describing the features and benefits of comprehensive medication management under the medical home model of care.

The Washington-based collaborative represents 600 employer, insurer, provider and consumer member organizations promoting the medical home model. The guide outlines the rationale for comprehensive medication management and the necessary steps to promote best practices and improve quality.

"With 75 percent of health care cost related to chronic conditions, we must maximize appropriate use of our weapons (medications) in conjunction with prevention and lifestyle approaches to achieve meaningful disease control, or we will fail," according to the guide. "Too often patients simply do not understand their medications and, consequently, the need to take them."

The medication guide is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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