Building Patient-Centered Medical Homes for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients and Families
July 1, 2016
National LBGT Health Education Center
For health centers and other health care providers, one commonly used model for practice transformation is the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The PCMH model transforms how primary care is coordinated and delivered by emphasizing comprehensive, team-based care that places the patient at the center. When implemented successfully, the PCMH model leads to higher quality care at a lower cost, improving both the patients’ and providers’ experience of care. The Health Services Resource Administration (HRSA) supports health centers seeking to achieve PCMH recognition through the HRSA Accreditation and Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Initiative. As of December 31, 2015, 65% of HRSA funded health centers have received PCMH designation.
This issue brief uses the framework of a patient-centered medical home to improve health care and health outcomes specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients and families. As an underserved and vulnerable population, LGBT people experience disparities in both health care and health status.