TransforMED to Aid Kansas Foundation for Medical Care in Transforming Kansas Primary Care Providers into Patient-Centered Medical Homes

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Transformation consultants partner with state’s Regional Extension Center to improve practices’ quality, outcomes and cost of patient care

Physicians will deliver higher quality, lower cost care when they coordinate care for patients, and give them access to care in the right setting.

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (KFMC) has begun work with TransforMED to help six medical practices in five communities statewide implement the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care.

TransforMED, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, provides consultation and support to primary care practices looking to adopt the integrated PCMH model of primary care built around patients and delivered by teams. Ongoing relationships within the PCMH and across the complex health care system enhance the overall patient experience by offering comfort, convenience and optimal health throughout patients’ lifetimes.

Kansas primary care providers focusing on PCMH initiatives through the new KFMC-TransforMED Partnership are: Edward Lind, MD, Wichita; Family Care Center, Winfield; Bacani/McKenney Clinic, Fredonia; Northwest Family Physicians, Wichita; St. Francis Family Medicine at Hunter’s Ridge, Topeka; and Matthew Floersch, MD, Manhattan.

KFMC is the federally designated Regional Extension Center (REC), for the state of Kansas. RECs represent a range of organizations that serve local communities and provide on-the-ground assistance to help primary care providers adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs).

As part of this PCMH project, KFMC and the REC will build on a proven track record of assisting more than 1,500 Kansas providers with EHR implementation and successful achievement of Meaningful Use standards designed to promote the spread of EHRs to improve U.S. health care. TransforMED will train KFMC staff to help providers adopt the PCMH model through strategic use of the EHR system. KFMC, in turn, will lend support and guidance to develop work plans and provider efficiencies that achieve measurable results from PCMH transformation.

A centralized care setting that facilitates partnerships among individual patients, their primary care physicians, and, when appropriate, the patient’s family, is the ultimate objective of the PCMH. Care is facilitated though the use of electronic health information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need it.

In its Partnership role, TransforMED will apply expertise and resources to furnish ongoing consultation, support, tools and resources to the Kansas primary care providers looking to transform their practices into PCMHs. TransforMED consultants will help providers clarify and achieve practice transformation goals in the areas of change management, case management, teamwork, leadership, communication and more.

“We’re extremely gratified to be working with TransforMED to establish a blueprint for successful Patient-Centered Medical Homes in the state of Kansas,” said Kenneth Mishler, R.Ph., Pharm.D, MBA, KFMC president and CEO. “The KFMC PCMH Partnership holds the promise of improved care for patients as well as clinical integration and coordination for providers within the innovative PCMH model. These will contribute to improved overall health in each provider’s community.”

“This Partnership demonstrates the ongoing commitment of KFMC to ensuring Kansans are receiving the best possible care,” said Dr. Bruce Bagley, interim president and CEO of TransforMED. “Physicians will deliver higher quality, lower cost care when they coordinate care for patients and give them access to care in the right setting.

“TransforMED looks forward to working with KFMC to build on successful EHR implementation as a foundation for seamless and integrated care delivery – as well as high performing PCMH practices – within each participating community," Bagley continued. "TransforMED strongly believes transformative practice redesign is the key to the future of primary care. We applaud these six progressive medical practices for their foresight and commitment to effective care coordination and management in support of the health of the patients they serve.”

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About TransforMED
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2005, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians looking to transform their practices to a new model of care that is based on the concept of a Patient-Centered Medical Home. TransforMED is an active member of primary care communities and recognizes and supports the unique value that primary care offers to patients and the health care system. TransforMED shares and supports the idealism and altruism of primary care physicians and the strong commitment to their communities and patients through continuing patient relationships and independent decision making. TransforMED offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the patient-centered medical home model. To learn more about TransforMED, visit http://www.transformed.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

About KFMC, Inc.
The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) is the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), the Regional Extension Center (REC) and External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) for the state of Kansas. KFMC also contracts with many private companies to provide health information technology (HIT) consulting services, quality improvement and review services. Throughout various contracts, our role is to work with healthcare providers and organizations to develop ways to improve the use of HIT and the quality of healthcare provided to all Kansas healthcare consumers.

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