The federal government and several payers are encouraging the adoption of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model. They have several good reasons.
On top of empowering patients and providing them better care, PCMH has shown to reduce health care costs in several key areas. But while it has proven beneficial to practices, the transition must be carefully planned, patiently implemented, and pay off in the end in order to be worth the effort. Using the right technology can help a practice become a PCMH model but the assistance of a partner with expertise in the transition is critical for a smooth and successful shift.
We’re on it.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance, or NCQA, and athenahealth share the goals of streamlining the PCMH recognition process and reducing the administrative efforts associated with becoming a PCMH. To this end, our software and services have many elements designed to facilitate the PCMH model. In fact, athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR service is the first to undergo the NCQA PCMH Corporate Review process. This means that a practice using athenaClinicals and athenaCommunicatorwill receive approximately 19 automatic credits in the areas where athenahealth has met or exceeded NCQA’s 2011 PCMH requirements. We wrote about this new programat the end of last month.
At athenahealth, we are working to reduce the complexity of transitioning to PCMH, as we are doing with industry transitions to Meaningful Use of EHR, ANSI 5010, and ICD-10. Along with sponsored pre-validated credits, we are developing a suite of services, available to clients in early 2012, which will offer pre-filtered reporting for NCQA PCMH applications, quality management tools to track PCMH measures, and consulting services to help clients implement PCMH successfully and optimize their rewards. We even identify payer programs to help subsidize the cost of transitioning to PCMH. Many of our clients who have sought NCQA PCMH recognition have achieved Level 3, the highest recognition level given.
Learn more about what your practice can do to make the most of PCMH opportunities. Register now for our free webinar on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 12:15 PM. Attendees also receive a 16-page whitepaper.