Policy Brief

Evaluating Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) for HIV Care

February 1, 2011

UCSF investigators are evaluating the effectiveness of Patient- Centered Medical Home (PCMH) demonstration projects, which were recently funded through a initiative from the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP). This work is part of the APRC’s commitment to studying the effectiveness of innovative models of care recommended by the CHRP-sponsored Visioning Change Initiative. The new PCMHs are community-based care systems that aim to provide coordinated, high quality, client-centered services for persons with HIV/AIDS. Interest in the PCMH model is driven by the changing nature of the HIV epidemic and the United States healthcare system. HIV increasingly affects underserved and older populations that have more complex prevention, mental health, and chronic health care needs. These populations benefit from integrated care and enhanced support to help patients navigate the medical system.