“Our experience has shown that small, independent practices actually have an easier time transforming to medical homes than larger practices in integrated systems,” said Terry McGeeney, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of TransforMED.
Leawood, Kan. (PRWEB) May 24, 2010
TransforMED, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, today announced a new service offering aimed at helping small primary care practices implement the TransforMED patient-centered medical home model of care. TransforMED’s “Small Practice Package” program bundles together the necessary tools and components, and streamlines the process to enable practices with four or fewer physicians to implement the components of the TransforMED PCMH model in two years.
For $1,250 per practice per quarter, practices can engage with TransforMED’s expert facilitators in a two-year PCMH implementation support program. Using “virtual engagement” via Web-based assessments, the Delta-Exchange online learning community for primary care, video conferencing and teleconferencing, TransforMED will assess each practice’s current state, determine the necessary changes to become a PCMH and then provide them with a comprehensive transformation plan and time line. Each practice will also be assigned a designated facilitator to provide virtual support throughout the entire transformation process. Practices begin their transformation by first completing an online assessment in which baseline practice metrics are established and change readiness is assessed for both leadership and staff.
TransforMED also offers an onsite option for $2,500 per practice per quarter in which practices receive an onsite assessment to verify and expand upon findings obtained through the virtual assessment. Practices also will benefit from onsite collaboration around the development and creation of the practice PCMH transformation plan with a follow-up visit in year two.
Regardless of which option a practice selects, TransforMED will provide ongoing support via teleconference, Delta-Exchange, periodically scheduled PCMH webinars, video conferencing and through peer to peer collaboration through the newly created TransforMED Institute. Each practice will go through the two-year program with a cohort of other practices, enabling them to learn from one another, as well as from their facilitators. Practices are required to enroll in the program for two consecutive years.
Each practice will also receive three individual memberships to Delta-Exchange, TransforMED’s online learning community. The online social networking site was created to address the proven need for practices to communicate, collaborate, and learn from other practices as they seek to overcome the challenges of implementing new technologies and workflows that are critical to PCMH transformation. Delta-Exchange addresses these needs in an online, social networking platform and serves as a robust repository of tools and resources on practice transformation topics.
Additionally, practices will receive free admission for up to three participants to attend two collaborative meetings hosted each year by the TransforMED Institute. The Institute will feature educational forums where doctors and their teams come together with their peers and TransforMED facilitators to learn about PCMH concepts and how to successfully implement them within their practice. Attendees also will take part in experiential sessions in which improvement teams develop plans, share ideas and hone their facilitation skills.
The inaugural TransforMED Institute will take place in 2010. The Institute will devote a full day to the cohort of practices enrolled in the “Small Practice Package” program. Topics covered will include how to achieve NCQA medical home recognition, improve patient engagement and satisfaction, and how to restructure physician compensation plans for the PCMH, to name a few.
“TransforMED has worked with more than 500 primary care practices nationwide in their efforts to adopt the TransforMED PCMH model of care,” said Terry McGeeney, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of TransforMED. “Our experience has shown that small, independent practices with fewer decision makers are more nimble and actually have an easier time transforming to medical homes than larger practices in integrated systems.”
According to McGeeney, there is no time like the present for small practices to begin realizing the benefits of medical home transformation. The TransforMED PCMH model is uniquely designed to help practices of all sizes achieve improved clinical outcomes and cost savings through a team-based approach to care. It also has resulted in improved job satisfaction for physicians and their staff. Because of ongoing positive findings from numerous medical home pilots, McGeeney predicts that the PCMH is the coming reality in the reformed health care system.
“Primary care physicians in medical homes will be paid for work they currently are not paid to do,” McGeeney said. “They will be paid for managing populations of patients, coordinating their care and effecting positive health outcomes.” He added, “The practice of primary care medicine will once again be fun and rewarding for them.”
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED LLC 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.