Is your practice seeking recognition as a Medical Home, or considering pursuit of this recognition? If so, HealthFusion has made it easier for you.
HealthFusion is pleased to announce today that MediTouch EHR (4.0) has been Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Prevalidated by NCQA to receive 23.5 points in Autocredit toward NCQA’s PCMH 2011 scoring. This Autocredit is transferrable to MediTouch EHR PCMH client practices seeking NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Recognition.
HealthFusion is one of only 15 EHRs to achieve Prevalidation; even fewer are also 2014 Meaningful Use certified.
This Prevalidation means that primary care practices can receive Autocredit toward NCQA’s PCMH 2011 scoring simply by actively using MediTouch’s PCMH Prevalidated modules. Autocredit reduces the amount of documentation needed for practices to achieve Medical Home recognition.
Most PCMH primary care practices seek recognition from NCQA as the method of proving they comply with the essential principles of Medical Home. The PCMH model of healthcare delivery plays a prominent role in the Affordable Healthcare Act and is the foundation of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiative.
How Does This Help Your Practice?
Recognition as a PCMH is a significant undertaking, requiring months of preparation and documentation. Without an EHR, and particularly without an EHR that supports this type of initiative, many experts feel that practices seeking Level 2 or 3 recognition as a PCMH will have great difficulty meeting the criteria. To reach the highest level of recognition, more than 40 different reports on the practice are required by the NCQA. Without software designed to provide these specific reports, the amount of work required to generate them is prohibitive for most practices.
“The MediTouch system makes it easier for medical practices to meet the rigorous standards required for Medical Home recognition because it has achieved Prevalidation status,” said Dr. Seth Flam, President and CEO of HealthFusion.
“Our early adoption will afford medical practices the ability to improve their revenues through participation in local ACO initiatives and health plan pay-for-performance programs,” Dr. Flam added.
From a clinical perspective, PCMH is designed to “achieve high-quality, accessible, efficient health care for all Americans,” according to NCQA. Fifty percent of all Americans suffer from a chronic disease and the US healthcare system is not set up properly to manage chronic care patients. Medical costs continue to rise because our healthcare system is geared toward episodic treatment of the acutely ill patient and is failing with regard to managing the chronically ill. Primary care is the anchor profession for management of chronic diseases and Patient Centered Medical Home is the primary care model that best addresses the needs of the chronically ill and the management of the health of patient populations.
But while implementation of a PCMH is often driven by the desire to improve patient outcomes and to allow providers to take advantage of incentive money to help fund IT upgrades, there are other benefits. Federal and state governments are considering payment models that support Medical Home and ACO Principles. In the future, according to an October 22, 2013, Medscape article, Medicare will be looking for PCMH status. A new rule, announced in July and scheduled to take effect in 2015 if enacted, authorizes a separate payment to physicians for managing the care of Medicare patients with 2 or more significant chronic conditions.
MediTouch’s NCQA Prevalidation is evidence of HealthFusion’s strong commitment to Patient Centered Medical Home, says HealthFusion’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Seth Flam.
NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane noted that “By providing software that helps physician practices build the patient-focused, coordinated care infrastructure expected of NCQA patient-centered medical homes, MediTouch is helping practices be part of modern health care’s most important transformations.
“Medical homes are the way of the future, and MediTouch is helping practices get there,” President O’Kane said.
HealthFusion is proud to be an important part of the solution for managing the chronically ill, optimizing the health of populations, and, in the process, right-sizing healthcare spending such that medical care becomes more affordable.
For more information on PCMH, see: PCMH Resource Center