Patient Centered Medical HomeYou may have seen a lot of news lately about the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH): First, various study authors debated the value of the model, and then the accrediting body, the NCQA, announced new 2014 PCMH standards.

But let’s back up a step: How much do you know about the PCMH? Take our quick 7 question quiz and see.

  1. There is no financial reason to consider becoming a PCMH.
    1. True
    2. False
  2. The Patient-Centered Medical Home model allows any healthcare professional to lead the patient’s care team.
    1. True
    2. False
  3. The PCMH model has been adopted in nearly 75% of states.
    1. True
    2. False
  4. One of the key benefits of the PCMH, among others, is that coordinated care means fewer duplicate or unnecessary tests.
    1. True
    2. False
  5. The PCMH model encourages healthcare teams to trust patients to keep them informed about test results and treatment progress.
    1. True
    2. False
  6. One of the first steps recommended for practices becoming medical homes is to implement EMR software.
    1. True
    2. False
  7. Most EMR software is not designed to help with the 40+ reports required for PCMH recognition.
    1. True
    2. False
  1. False – The PCMH model is becoming more important because health plans may pay up to 10% more, and being recognized may make your practice more attractive to ACOs, resulting in increased revenue.
  2. False – One of the central principles of the PCMH is that the personal physician leads a team of individuals at the practice level who collectively take responsibility for the ongoing care of patients.
  3. True – 37 states have public and private PCMH initiatives that use NCQA recognition.
  4. True – Studies have shown that coordinated care results in few duplicate or unnecessary tests, resulting in lower costs.
  5. False – In the Patient Centered Medical Home model, the healthcare team tracks test results and consultations, and follows up after ED and hospital visits.
  6. True – According to an article in Medical Economics entitled “PCMH: 6 Ways to Get Started,” the first step to consider is investing in EMR software. The article quotes MGMA consultant Rosemarie Nelson as saying “A reliable electronic health record supports a preventive approach; without an EHR, physicians need to open and close charts over and over to try to identify which patients are due for screening diagnostic tests, immunizations, follow up services, and so forth.”
  7. True – Most EMR software is not designed to support the PCMH recognition process. However, MediTouch is specially designed to make the process easier and is Prevalidated by the NCQA to receive 23.5 points in Autocredit toward NCQA’s 2011 PCMH scoring, the highest amount awarded to any ambulatory EHR system.

As you can tell, the Patient Centered Medical Home model is being considered as the possible future of health care. If you’d like to learn more about this important model and what it means to your practice, download our free resource now on “10 Things Your Practice Should Know About PCMH.”