The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) is an independent catalyst for improving healthcare safety and quality in southwestern Pennsylvania. It operates on the premise that dramatic quality improvement is the best cost containment strategy for healthcare.
Created in 1997, PRHI was the first regional consortium of medical, business and civic leaders to address healthcare safety and quality improvement as a social and business imperative. Turning its own community into a demonstration lab, PRHI strives to accelerate improvement and set the pace for the nation. Its experiment reflects three principles:
PRHI offers healthcare leaders the necessary tools, expertise, education, models and networks to perfect patient care and safety in their organizations. Using the Toyota Production System as a model, PRHI developed a quality improvement method for clinical settings known as Perfecting Patient Caresm.
Thousands across the nation have already learned how Perfecting Patient Caresm can transform healthcare. Together, they demonstrate the value of quality engineering in any healthcare setting—from neighborhood clinics, to hospitals and nursing homes.
PRHI is a nonprofit operating arm of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation with funding from local corporations, foundations, health plans and government contracts and grants.
At the clinic level, the primary goal of PRHI and our partner clinics was to realize improved patient outcomes, quality of care delivery and patient and staff satisfaction via practice transformation to patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs). To that end, practice sites strove to:
At the policy level, we challenged existing reimbursement and policy barriers to implementation and sustainability of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model. The stakeholder advisory group, consisting of representatives from local and state government, Medicaid and commercial insurers, consumer health organizations and other key groups, worked together to identify and implement reimbursement and policy strategies to support the sustainability of high-performing medical homes.
Medical Home Facilitator
Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
650 Smithfield Street
Centre City Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15222