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Many states use the medical home model to both improve the quality of health care and contain costs.
Because Medicaid is consuming a growing portion of state budgets—averaging about 16 percent of general fund spending—many states are turning to the medical home model to improve the quality of health care and contain costs. An enhanced model of primary care, the medical home relies on a team of health professionals—such as physicians, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists and behavioral health specialists—to coordinate all levels of a patient’s care by collaborating efforts and sharing information.
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