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About the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program (PCPCH) is part of Oregon's efforts to fulfill a vision of better health, better care and lower costs for all Oregonians. By recognizing clinics that offer high-quality, patient-centered care, we can begin breaking down the barriers that stand between patients and good health.

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program now administers the application, recognition, and verification process for practices applying to become Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes. The program is also working with stakeholders across Oregon to support adoption of the primary care home model.

History

The Oregon Legislature established the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program in 2009 through passage of House Bill 2009. The goals of the program are to develop strategies to identify and measure what a primary care home does, promote their development and encourage Oregonians to seek care through recognized Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes.

The program worked with diverse groups of Oregonians from across the state, the PCPCH Standards Advisory Committee, to define what a primary care home looks like.

In 2010, the Oregon Health Policy Board charged the Oregon Health Authority with providing access to patient-centered primary care, with the ultimate goal that 75 percent of all Oregonians will have access to care in a Patient-Centered Primary Care Home by 2015.

In 2011, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program, partnered with the Northwest Health Foundation to convene a task force to provide recommendations for broad implementation of the primary care home model across Oregon. The task force membership included clinicians, patients, public health, and healthcare delivery technical experts from across Oregon. The program is now working to implement the recommendations of the task force, as outlined in the final task force report.

The top priority defined by the task force was to build on the expertise and resources in Oregon by creating a Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute to convene and broker resources, create a centralized learning system, and provide technical assistance to clinics working to become recognized.

In 2012, the PCPCH Program again partnered with Northwest Health Foundation to launch the Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute, housed within the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. The Institute provides a broad array of technical assistance, training, and resources to help primary care clinics adopt the PCPCH standards and become recognized. For more about the Institute click here.

Program Rules

OAR 409-055, PCPCH Program Administrative Rules (current eff. 1/1/2014)

OAR-409-055, PCPCH Program Administrative Rules (2011-2013)