HL: How easy was it to transition to this model of care?
Holly: It is one of the most difficult things we have done. I use the word “is” because I believe that all of us who already have medical home recognition or accreditation or both are still in the process of transforming the practice of medicine by the principles, ideals, and goals of medical home. The formal process took SETMA from February 16, 2009, to the date we first submitted our NCQA application on April 12, 2010.
The transition is a true transformation rather than a reformation. Reformation comes from pressure from the outside, while transformation comes from an essential change of motivation and dynamic from the inside. Anything can be reformed if enough pressure is brought to bear. Unfortunately, reshaping under pressure can permanently alter the structural integrity of that which is being reformed. Also, once the external pressure is eliminated, the object often returns to its previous shape as nothing has fundamentally changed in its nature. Transformation is not dependent upon external pressure, but is sustained by an internal drive, which is energized by the evolving nature of the organization.
The currently proposed reformation of the healthcare system does nothing to address the fact that the structure of our healthcare system is built upon a patient coming to a healthcare provider who is expected to do something for the patient. There is little personal responsibility on the part of the patient for their own healthcare, whether as to content, cost, or appropriateness.