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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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Topics: pcmh, patient centered medical home

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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Topics: pcmh, patient centered medical home

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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Topics: pcmh, patient centered medical home

Primary Care Teams: Take Internal Communication to the Next Level

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Sep 28, 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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Topics: EHR, operational efficiency, pcmh

Examining The Cost of PCMH Certification

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Sep 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

You’ve probably heard all about the benefits of becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home. But, you also know that transitioning to a PCMH is a very long and involved process. With everything that goes into meeting certification requirements, and the assumed costs, how can you know if PCMH status is worth it? It’s a good question and there are both costs and benefits to weigh. Start by looking at your expenses, factor in incentives, and then do the math.

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Topics: pcmh, cost

PCMH in 2014, Ten Things to Know

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Aug 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The Patient Centered Medical Home model is poised for renovation, expanding into medical neighborhoods and opening the door to specialists' enhanced role in care coordination.

Healthcare Intelligence Network held a survey in March 2014 on the rise in medical homes, involvement of remote care management and case management, biggest challenges, future outlooks and more. Read more here.

 

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Topics: pcmh

How Primaris Is Paving the Road to PCMH Certification

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Aug 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

On this blog we sometimes talk about different aspects of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model and the process of becoming a certified PCMH. So, you may have wondered what Primaris does for practices that are working toward PCMH status. Here are a few things you might not know (but should) about Primaris and PCMH, along with some testaments of our success.

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PCMH Requirements: A Look at Accessibility and Patient Education

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Aug 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Stop and think about the first two letters in PCMH, that’s right, the “P” and the “C”. They stand for Patient-Centered and they’re pretty important. There is a lot that goes into Patient-Centered Medical Home certification, but a main area of focus is on empowering patients. For this reason, if you are seeking PCMH status, you need to make patient accessibility a priority and put your patient education efforts into overdrive.

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Topics: pcmh, patient care

Two Things Every Physician Needs To Do When Seeking PCMH Certification

Posted by Kellyn Freeman on Aug 13, 2015 1:15:00 PM

We won’t sugarcoat it – becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home provider is challenging. It requires primary care physicians to accept new roles and responsibilities. That’s why it is essential for physicians to seek support as they work to balance duties and wear unfamiliar hats. Here are two ways to find the support you need:

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Topics: pcmh

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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Topics: pcmh, patient centered medical home

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