WASHINGTON BUREAU — The Obama administration has set up a 3-year, $42 million Medicare pilot program that will test the ability of the "patient-centered medical home" to lower the cost of care and improve the quality.

A section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) provided the funding for the medical home pilot project, which has been dubbed the Federally Qualified Health Center Advanced Primary Care Practice (FQHC APCP) demonstration project.

Federally qualified health centers provide essential primary care services for seniors and others in underserved communities.

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