The Integrated Delivery System or IDS Project has an overwhelming opportunity to change how our current health care delivery systems operates. The IDS Project is comprised of three major categories:

  • Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) with Meaningful Use (MU)
  • Connectivity with HEALTHeLINK
  • Value Based Payment

This article will address PCMH and MU. The second installment on IDS will discuss HEALTHeLINK and Value Based Payment.  The IDS Project has the potential to create a system that will streamline resources and further develop provider compensation and performance management systems to reward providers that have demonstrated improved patient outcomes.

Patient Centered Medical Home

PCMH-slide-e1450214411363PCMH holds promise as a way to improve health care in primary care practices by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered.  Through the medical home model, practices seek to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the care they deliver while responding to each patient’s unique needs and preferences. This innovative delivery model includes:

  • Comprehensive care
  • Patient centered care
  • Coordinated care
  • Accessible services
  • Quality & Safety

The National Committee Quality Assurance (NCQA) is the most widely-
used way to transform primary care practices into medical homes. Many of our practices have some level of NCQA recognition.

Meaningful Use

MU is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to the fullest capabilities in primary care offices. When primary care offices implement MU standards it results in improved quality, safety, efficiency and reduced health disparities for their patients.  It also allows patients to engage in their health care through two-way electronic communication with their providers. Using electronic communication along with other initiatives has resulted in an increase in patient satisfaction with their health care team.

The Millennium team is actively assessing our primary care network on their level of PCMH and MU each offices currently has.  We are also working on selecting a vendor(s) and hiring Practice Transformation Specialist to support primary care office in obtaining PCMH 2014 level 3 NCQA recognition and MU. By DSRIP Year 3, (March 2018).

For more information about PCMH and MU, contact clinical director Janet Stoeckl at jstoeckl@millenniumcc.org.

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