Patient Centered Medical Homes

Patient Centered Medical Home Pilot Programs
Through the Arkansas AFP Foundation

The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas awarded a total of $1,723,343 in grants to 23 health improvement programs in Arkansas with our Foundation receiving the largest in the amount of $150,000 for the PCMH project.

According to Patrick O’Sullivan, Executive Director of the Blue & You Foundation, “grants this year went to programs across the state addressing issues such as obesity, diabetes, healthy life style choices, medical care for low income individuals, and dental health and safety.”

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield established the Blue & You Foundation in 2001 as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas and awards grants annually to non profit or governmental organizations and programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans. In its nine years of operation, the Blue & You Foundation has awarded nearly $12 million to 185 health improvement programs in Arkansas!

Three Family Medicine Clinic in Arkansas Receive PCMH Grants
From AAFP Journal Vol. 15, #4

At the Installation of Officers Banquet held on July 21 at the Doubletree Hotel Ballroom, the official announcement of the three grant recipients for the Patient Centered Medical Home Project was made. Carla Coleman, Executive Vice President of the AR AFP Foundation and the AR AFP announced the recipients of the $150,000 grant from Blue and You Foundation received in January of 2011 for a two year pilot program to transform three practices into a Patient Centered Medical Home. Recipients are:

  • Dr. Robert Cowherd of the Cowherd Family Medicine Clinic in Heber Springs where he practices with his wife, Dr. Kristi Cowherd
  • Dr. Jason Lofton and his wife, Cindy Lofton of the Lofton Family Clinic in DeQueen
  • Dr. Rebecca Floyd and her husband Gordon, of the Sophia Meyer Family Medicine Clinic in Van Buren.

A kick off meeting was held the previous night with the project manager and lead facilitator from TransforMED, a subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians who we contracted with to facilitate the change process for these practices in becoming a Patient Centered Medical Home.

The AR AFP Foundation’s grant was one of 23 health improvement projects funded in 2011 by the Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. The three practices selected to participate in the two year project were chosen based on a variety of selection criteria including type of practice, patient population, practice location , ownership status, number of physicians and likelihood of success in implementing the PCMH model in their practices.

The Patient Centered Medical Home model will benefit patients by enriching the quality of care that will be provided in a comprehensive, team based, patient centered environment. It is also hoped that widespread PCMH adoption will also increase the number of medical students who choose to practice primary care, a factor which has been shown to be critical in improving the health of the community while lowering health care costs.