pcmh ehrWe recently announced that HealthFusion’s MediTouch EHR has been prevalidated for NCQA Medical Home, and with so many other healthcare initiatives going on this year – Meaningful Use Stage 2, the Affordable Care Act, and ICD-10, just to name a few – you might be wondering why your primary care practice needs yet another program to attest and provide documentation for.

But while government incentive programs are often being sold on a more abstract idea of improvement – and are made popular by the dangling carrot of easy money – the benefits to implementing a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) can be a lot more tangible.

With 75% of healthcare dollars in the United States going to treatment of chronic diseases, the need for a system geared toward population health management, care coordination, and managing the chronically ill is becoming greater than ever. The Patient Centered Medical Home model is designed to provide comprehensive, coordinated care with maximized health outcomes, and is the ideal method for managing chronic diseases.

What Are the Benefits of a PCMH?

“The Patient-Centered Medical Home’s Impact on Cost & Quality,” a recent report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), focused on PCMH studies released between August 2012 and December 2013, shows significant improvement in several key areas for medical home initiatives.

The report demonstrates improvements in population health indicators, preventative services, access to care, and patient satisfaction. It also highlights decreases in the cost of care, and reduced numbers of emergency and urgent care visits.

Another study showed that implementing PCMH components at a Los Angeles clinic increased both patient and provider satisfaction, according to a November 10, 2013, Medical Economics article.

If your primary care practice is ready to begin the undertaking of achieving NCQA Medical Home recognition, MediTouch is here to help. As one of only a handful of ambulatory EHR systems that are both prevalidated for PCMH and certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2, MediTouch can help your practice receive autocredit toward NCQA’s PCMH 2011 scoring, which reduces the amount of documentation required by NCQA.

Read more about how using MediTouch can help your primary care practice achieve PCMH recognition easier.