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April 28, 2009

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and Emmi Solutions Create New Tool

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and Emmi Solutions Create a Valuable Tool to Educate Patients About the Patient Centered Medical Home

CHICAGO, IL – Apr 28, 2009 Healthcare providers, employers, advocacy groups and other interested parties can download the Patient Centered Medical Home program free of charge.

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a coalition of more than 400 organizations who have joined together to develop and advance the patient centered medical home, and Emmi Solutions, producer of interactive health education programs, announce the release of a new multimedia program to help patients understand the patient centered medical home. The web-based educational program, entitled “Introduction to the Patient Centered Medical Home”, was recently unveiled at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Stakeholder’s Working Group Meeting.

“Patients are at the center of the medical home model, which advances continuous, uninterrupted care that is managed and coordinated by a primary care provider,” said Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. “The focus on the patient intersects the governance structure and the Working Groups within the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. This multimedia program is free and will be a valuable tool to clinicians as they seek to educate their patients about the patient centered medical home.”

The web-based program will be distributed free to healthcare providers, employers, advocacy groups and other interested parties through PCPCC.net and other websites that promote the patient centered medical home.

“Healthcare organizations rely on Emmi Solutions to help engage consumers in complex topics such as diabetes and heart disease,” said David Sobel, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Emmi Solutions. “Currently, they are struggling to explain the patient centered medical home in a way that is engaging, consistent and effective. By creating this program and offering it for free to providers, payers and other interested parties, we can accelerate and enhance their efforts to get consumers on board with the vision of the medical home.”

The program was developed in collaboration with an advisory board comprised of Elaine M. Skoch, RN, MN, EMBA, CNAA, BC, Vice President, Performance Improvement and Education, TransforMED; Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative; Julie Schilz, BSN MBA, Manager, IPIP and PCMH, Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative; Eileen Forlenza, Director, Colorado Medical Home Initiative, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Katherine Herring Capps, President, Health2 Resources; and Gregg J. Stefanek, DO, Gratiot Family Practice of Alma, Mich. The program materials were also reviewed and approved by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative’s Consumer Task Force.

About the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative is a coalition of more than 400 major employers, consumer groups, organizations representing primary care physicians, and other stakeholders who have joined to advance the patient centered “medical home.” The Collaborative believes that, if implemented, the patient centered medical home will improve the health of patients and the health care delivery system. For more information on the patient centered medical home and a complete list of the PCPCC members, please visit www.pcpcc.net.