Comprehensive primary care built around patients and delivered by teams is especially well-suited to rural areas that face a health profession shortage.
Leawood, KS (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
Baptist Health Madisonville, in Madisonville, Ky., has begun work with TransforMED, the trusted leader in Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) transformation, to improve primary health care for its patients in western Kentucky.
TransforMED is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians that has worked with more than 1,500 medical practices nationwide to successfully implement the PCMH model of care. In its facilitator role, TransforMEDwill will provide ongoing consultation and support to 18 resident physicians and four residency faculty at Baptist Health Madisonville.
Baptist Health Madisonville, is the first residency program in the Louisville, Ky,-based Baptist Health system to undergo the transformation to a PCMH. As the pilot location, the Madisonville campus initiative has the potential to touch an estimated 10,500 area patients in the first year of its PCMH rollout.
The PCMH is built around patients, and engages them as active participants in their own health and wellbeing. In the PCMH model, patients are cared for by a personal physician who leads a medical team to coordinate all aspects of their preventive, acute and chronic health care needs using the best available evidence and appropriate technology. These ongoing relationships offer patients comfort, convenience and optimal health throughout their lifetimes.
During the first phase of the PCMH transformation, TransforMED will conduct a series of assessments of the patient population and demographics at Baptist Health Madisonville. Understanding how well a practice meets the needs of its patients can help a practice transform more quickly and improve the patient experience.
TransforMED practice enhancement facilitators then will work with Baptist Health leadership and staff to clarify and achieve practice transformation goals in the areas of change management, case management, teamwork, leadership, communication and more. A combination of virtual and on-site facilitation resources will be geared toward helping healthcare professionals manage and improve the health of patients in the Madisonville area.
“We are pleased to be working with TransforMED to make the PCMH a reality for patients in western Kentucky,” said Bob Brooks, vice president for education and research at Baptist Health. “Its professional resources will lead our practices to deliver a higher level of quality, achieve better health outcomes and get maximum value through functional improvement – all elements that define excellent care.”
“The PCMH model of care has clearly emerged as the foundation for the reformed health system in America and as one way to improve population health, assure individual health and lower costs,” said Dr. Bruce Bagley, interim president and CEO of TransforMED. “Comprehensive primary care built around patients and delivered by teams is especially well-suited to rural areas that face a health profession shortage.
“By transforming to a high-performing PCMH, Baptist Health Madisonville is setting up a lasting way of providing healthcare to area residents while continuing its long mission of educating medical professionals on its campus. We applaud its foresight and willingness to take the important next steps to bring high-quality, patient-centered primary care to the small-town and rural environment that makes up its 12-county service area.”
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED is a nonprofit, wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2005, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians as they work to implement the patient-centered medical home model of care in their practices. 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 Baptist Health Madisonville
Baptist Health Madisonville is part of the Baptist Health family of hospitals and physicians, one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in Kentucky. Baptist Health Madisonville proudly serves western Kentucky residents with eight locations across the region to meet the needs of Kentuckians close to home. Guided by a values-based culture to consistently deliver clinical and service excellence to our patients, Baptist Health Madisonville strives for excellent care, every time. For more information, please visit BaptistHealthMadisonville.com.