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5 Steps to Getting Started with the PCMH Model


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Find out how to start transforming your medical practice into a patient-centered medical home with these five steps.

Find out how to start transforming your medical practice into a patient-centered medical home with these five steps.

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  • 1. Patient-Centered Medical Home:Get Started in 5 Steps
  • 2. The Patient Centered Medical Home(PCMH) is a care delivery modeldesigned to strengthen the physician-patient relationship by moving fromepisodic care to coordinated care and anongoing relationship with a physician-led"care team.”
  • 3. The PCMH model is becoming widelyacknowledged as a key to health carereform. Today, more than 7,600practitioners have achieved PCMHrecognition through NCQA.
  • 4. Medical home recognition carriesnumerous benefits, including nationalrecognition, increased marketcompetitiveness and the potential forincreased reimbursement, amongothers.
  • 5. So how can your organization getstarted on the path to clinictransformation? Start transforming yourclinic to a PCMH with these five steps:
  • 6. 1. Assemble a team andestablish a leader.Obtain buy-in from all levels of theorganization and determine who will leadefforts to transform your clinic into aPCMH. Identify key team members,such as super users and physicianchampions.
  • 7. 2. Educate yourself aboutthe PCMH model.Before you can begin working towardsPCMH recognition, you’ll need tofamiliarize yourself with required PCMHstandards.
  • 8. 2. Educate yourself aboutthe PCMH model.Learn about key domains of patient-centered care and specific objectivesyou will need to meet in order to earnPCMH recognition.
  • 9. 3. Gauge your practice’sreadiness for PCMH.Conduct a readiness assessment todetermine your practice’s baselinePCMH score and gain an understandingof the amount of change that will berequired.
  • 10. 3. Gauge your practice’sreadiness for PCMH.For instance, do you already have theadvanced health IT that is critical toPCMH achievement?
  • 11. 4. Ask your EHR vendorabout their PCMH experience.If your EHR vendor has worked withother clients who have achievedrecognition, they may be a good sourceof assistance.
  • 12. 4. Ask your EHR vendorAbout their PCMH experience.Depending on their experience, yourvendor may be able to provide youaccess to full correlating reports, samplepolicies and procedures, step-by-stepbest-practice workflows and lessonslearned from other clients who haveearned PCMH recognition.
  • 13. 5. Make a plan.Outline goals, objectives and specificaction items needed to achieve PCMHrecognition. Set a timeline for achievingeach step and designate theaccountable team member. Benchmarkyour progress, and make adjustments asnecessary.
  • 14. Want more details on thePCMH model?•What is a Medical Home?•Why PCMH?•PCMH Accreditation: Fast Facts•Download a free PCMH white paper•Access a free recorded PCMH webinar
  • 15. Learn more!Our website hosts a wealth of freeresources, including white papers, casestudies, industry blog, newslettercovering current events in health care,tips and tricks for your practice, andother informative articles.