The challenge of emergency care in America is this—it’s the most expensive care money can buy—and it’s a primary reason for Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).

The PCMH concept was established as a care delivery model in which the primary care physician acts as the central coordinator for all aspects of a patient’s care. With the help of a PCMH, patients learn to contact the doctor first for care unless there is an obvious medical emergency. After initial contact, the doctor evaluates and recommends the optimal approach with an eye toward both efficacy and resource use.

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