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Patient-Centered Medical Home University

In 2010, the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) embarked on a monumental task of helping members achieve National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA) Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

The project, PCMH University (PCMH U), has guided more than 200 clinicians from Georgia family medicine practices and residency programs through the arduous task of transforming their practices to meet the stringent standards for NCQA Recognition.   PCMH guiding principles describe improved primary care practices that focus on quality and safety, a personal physician for each patient, enhanced access to care, care coordination for each patient, and appropriate payment structures for more efficient care.   (GAFP continues to meet with the major insurance payers in Georgia advocating the value of PCMH recognition not just to patients and physicians, but also to the payers.   Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia, WellCare, and Amerigroup have developed programs that include increased payment to physicians who follow the PCMH model of care.)

For more information about participation in PCMH University, contact Samantha Cochran, Director of Practice Enhancement – scochran@gafp.org / 800.392.3841

 

PCMH University News

PCMH University to Host the 2nd Annual PCMH Best Practices Workshop – Wednesday, November 9th

Last November, GAFP’s PCMH University hosted recognized medical homes from Georgia and surrounding states in the First Annual PCMH Best Practices Workshop.  Physicians and Team members from these medical homes shared their strategies for improving clinical outcomes, sustaining PCMH transformation, and preparing for changes in payment reform.

 

This year, PCMH University will once again invite recognized medical homes to come together and share PCMH strategies with an emphasis on mental health and preparation for 2017 program changes.   The pre-conference workshop will be held in conjunction with GAFP’s Annual Scientific Assembly, on Wednesday, November 9th from 10am – 4pm at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA.

 

To register, please use the event link: https://www.gafp.org/cme-event/2016-annual-scientific-assembly/

 

Questions?  Please contact Samantha Cochran, Director of Practice Enhancement – 404-321-7445  / scochran@gafp.org

 

Congratulations to Emory Healthcare Network on PCMH Level 3 Recognition

In an ambitious step toward the health care system of the future, Emory Healthcare Network has enlisted its primary care practices to transform the way they deliver health care.  In early 2015, EHN partnered with PCMH University to transform 10 primary care sites to Patient-Centered Medical Homes.  The program completed in April 2016 with nine sites submitting their applications to NCQA.   All 9 sites received PCMH Level 3 recognition.

Like other health systems around the country, EHN is adapting to the trend of health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, paying hospitals and doctors based on the value of the care they provide rather than the volume of services they render.  Enhancing primary care services is a pillar of EHN’s strategy.  Numerous studies around the country have demonstrated the potential of the PCMH to both improve quality and lower costs.

 

Congratulations EHN PCMH University Class of 2015:

  • General Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s – Dr. Dipak Vashi, MD
  • General Internal Medicine at Emory Midtown – Dr. Fred Turton, MD
  • Emory Clinic at Decatur –  Dr. Nick Church, MD
  • Integrated mEmory Clinic – Dr. Janet Cellar, MD
  • Emory Specialty Associates at Sugarloaf – Dr. Drew Huber, MD
  • Emory Specialty Associates at Eagles Landing – Dr. Kennard Hood, MD
  • Internal Medicine of Newton – Dr. James Stillerman, MD
  • Newton Medical Associates – Dr. Kevin Lanclos, MD