Physician practices have embraced changes under new reimbursement models that focus on value-based care. To maximize incentives and improve quality of care, some organizations have turned to practice improvement framework such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH).
Obtaining PCMH recognition requires physician practices to make improvements in various areas, including patient education, care coordination, health information exchange, and chronic disease management. If organizations want to maintain recognition, they must demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement, which includes completing a recertification process every three years.
Achieving and maintaining PCMH recognition from an accredited organization such as the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) often comes with the challenge of being time-consuming and labor exhausting. However, if leveraged properly, the possibilities and benefits of PCMH recognition are significant.
Using NCQA Pre-Validated Technologies To Make the Most of Your Recognition
Maintaining certifications should not become the biggest challenge for any organization. The PCMH model encourages organizations to leverage health IT and team-based care to achieve quality improvements. Leveraging both are staples of the EHR Incentive Programs, value-based reimbursement incentives, and quality reporting programs.
The NCQA provides a list of pre-validated healthcare IT companies that are certified to help your practice achieve PCMH goals. Leveraging these approved technologies helps ensure practices provide the right data in the right format for recertification. This alone can save practice staff endless hours of documentation gathering and preparation.
By leveraging health IT partners, practices are able to focus on caring for patients, while the technology supports documentation and reporting. As more practices see the value in becoming a certified patient-centered medical home, leveraging efficient resources will help drive efficiency that positively impacts both the practice and their patients.
To learn more about the role of Health I.T. in your NCQA PCMH achievement, access the NCQA pre-validated vendor list. For additional information on how CipherHealth can help you on your road to NCQA PCMH certification, get in touch with us!