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What to Avoid While Working to Become a PCMH

Posted by Revee White on Dec 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

A common complaint about the PCMH certification process is that there are a lot of hoops to jump through and the road is long and difficult. Here are some rookie mistakes practices make when trying to become PCMH certified that make the experience frustrating. Take a look and avoid these common missteps:

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Primary Care Teams: Take Internal Communication to the Next Level

Posted by Revee White on Nov 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Patient-Centered Medical Home model (PCMH) aims to give patients access to high quality healthcare from a primary care physician-led team. In order to make that concept reality, primary care practices need to adopt a team approach to caring for patients. This takes a lot of effort to coordinate all the moving parts within a practice, and it is the reason every person working within a primary care practice needs to sharpen their communication skills.

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How to Avoid PCMH Burnout and Motivate Staff during Certification

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Nov 5, 2015 10:07:00 AM

Usually when a medical practice decides to become a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) it means big changes for the staff and their daily responsibilities. This type of shake-up can seem overwhelming and feel chaotic as team members work to get a handle on new routines. While learning new skills and taking on different responsibilities can be rewarding and even exciting, adopting new routines and stepping outside of a comfortable role can be difficult. If your staff is currently working toward PCMH status, or they will do so in the future, you can take measures to support them as they adjust to changes in their work environment.

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Population Health Drives Hospital Collaboration

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Sep 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM

AHA survey findings reveal nearly 9 in 10 hospitals work with others to improve community health.

A ccording to a nationwide survey from the American Hospital Association (AHA), increased collaboration among hospitals has been led by the push for patient centered care and improving population health

About nine in 10 hospitals collaborate with other hospitals and seven in 10 participate in a regional collaborative on these initiatives, according to the survey of more than 1,400 hospitals conducted by the AHA's Research & Educational Trust and the Association for Community Health Improvement, in partnership with the Public Health Institute. 

The survey asked hospital leaders about their partnerships with community organizations, the process of assessing community health needs and the structure of population health initiatives.
The findings reveal: 


For more information on how to initiate population health in your healthcare workplace, download our checklist Population Health Management: Your Healthcare Success. 


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Source: http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/population-health-initiatives-drive-hospital-collaboration/2015-08-27?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal 

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Topics: population health, patient centered medical home

Becoming a PCMH Provider: Motivation to Conquer the Challenge

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Aug 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Did you know that there are now more than 10,000 medical practices that have earned recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as Patient-Centered Medical Home providers? If you are one of the nearly 50,000 certified Patient-Centered Medical Home providers, or if you are on your way to becoming certified, then you realize how beneficial the PCMH model is for both patients and physicians. While the road is long and demanding, the benefits of PCMH are clear.

If you have not yet taken the first step and are contemplating whether working toward PCMH recognition is the right move, take a look at the following reasons why pursuing PCMH status is good for you and your patients.

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Almost Half of Americans used Health IT in 2014

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Aug 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Health IT (information technology) is the area of IT involving the design, development, creation, use and maintenance of information systems for the healthcare industry. It is defined by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) as “the application of information processing involving both computer hardware and software that deals with the storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of health care information, data, and knowledge for communication and decision making.”

Automated and interoperable healthcare information systems are expected to lower costs, improve efficiency and reduce error, while also providing better consumer care and service.

The PCMH Model holds that primary care should be accessible, continuous, and comprehensive care. Healthcare system cost-savings goals are defeated if patients aren’t able to have timely or after-hours access to their primary care doctor and so turn to the ER instead, or let conditions worsen to the point where it will take more time and resources to restore the patient’s health. With health information technology, patients and physicians can adopt alternative means of communications, such as email, telephone, text messaging, or teleconferencing to communicate outside of the office.

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Why PCMH Certification is Worthwhile and Where to Begin

Posted by Revee White on Jul 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

WhitePaperIt isn’t your imagination – more and more medical practices are earning recognition as certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

In fact, almost 50,000 clinicians today are certified in this model. What is driving the PCMH movement? Benefits like better patient experiences and care, improved efficiency and productivity, financial gains and cost reductions for starters. 

Of course, transitioning to a PCMH practice is a huge undertaking. It takes time – sometimes up to two years – and a whole lot of hard work to meet all the requirements. This resource, The Road to Becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home Practice, outlines some of the initial steps you can take to position your practice for PCMH success.

What is driving the PCMH movement? Benefits like better patient experiences and care, improved efficiency and productivity, financial gains and cost reductions for starters.

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