On August 26, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would provide $35.7 million in funding to 147 health centers in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for construction and renovation to support patient-centered medical homes. 

The patient-centered medical home model for delivery of care, an initiative created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), "is designed to improve quality of care through team-based coordination of care, treating the many needs of the patient at once, increasing access to care, and empowering the patient to be a partner in their own care," according to the HHS press release.  The model is similar, in some respects, to the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative for care coordination that was also introduced by the ACA.

The HHS release noted that nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,200 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21.7 million patients in the U.S.