Several Clinics Transforming into ‘Medical Homes’

Several medical clinics across the state are transforming the way they practice medicine. They’re becoming “medical homes.” The idea is to do a better job treating chronic disease at the primary care level, to keep patients from needing more specialized treatment. In pilot projects around the country, medical homes have improved care and trimmed costs significantly. And health providers in Alaska are hoping to replicate that success.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie