“Medical Home Builder 2.0 fills a key role for many independent practices, medical home projects, quality improvement efforts and health information technology implementation preparedness.”
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 17, 2011
The American College of Physicians' interactive online tool, Medical Home Builder, today launched an updated version featuring new elements and functions to help clinicians improve patient care, office efficiency, and to move toward the Patient-Centered Medical Home model.
Already licensed to more than 2,000 practices, Medical Home Builder 2.0 features expanded patient-centered care modules, a new scoring methodology, module-specific resource libraries, and a searchable master resource library. Additionally, new reporting capabilities are particularly suited for large practices, groups, institutions, and regional programs.
“Medical Home Builder 2.0 fills a key role for many independent practices, medical home projects, quality improvement efforts, and health information technology implementation preparedness,” said Dr. Michael S. Barr, ACP's senior vice president for the division of medical practice, professionalism and quality.
New features include an online community for sharing ideas and innovations and user-generated short videos. Medical Home Builder 2.0 makes it easier for a practice to implement medical home initiatives and to solve common practice management problems.
Transition to the Patient-Centered Medical Home model is through a team-based approach supported by ACP and other physician organizations. Each of the 13 modules contains:
- Introduction and background information.
- A case study that follows a “practice” as it completes the Practice Biopsy® and implements changes using the online resources.
- A self-assessment, Practice Biopsy, that provides a baseline score with comparison to all users of the Medical Home Builder 2.0. Practice Biopsies can be completed individually or as a practice team, in any order and at any time.
- Reporting functions to help track progress over time, identify opportunities for improvement, and compare your practice to others.
- A virtual bookshelf, the Resource Library, which aggregates all of the resources from each module into a searchable collection. Includes relevant references and information in a variety of formats, including downloadable guides and policy templates.
The Practice Biopsy self-assessment tool is composed of questions that cover NCQA, URAC, and Joint Commission guidelines. Version 2.0 features a five-point, Likert-type scale. Barr said this offers a more detailed analysis of a practice's status for each module and links to built-in data management, benchmarking, and analysis tools.
Medical home modules in development address clinical issues such as diabetes mellitus, chronic pain management, and transitions in care, as well as common office management challenges, such as human resources issues, front desk operations, billing and coding, and financial tools and resources.
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