Top PCMH Challenge? Coordinating Care with Referral Docs

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , July 21, 2011

The Medical Group Management Association says its survey shows that most practices want to become patient-centered medical homes, and finds challenges.
 
Nearly 70% of 341 physician leaders who replied to MGMA’s Patient Centered Medical Home Study: 2011 Report based on 2011 Data said were already in the process of transforming or interested in becoming a PCMH while more than 20% were accredited or recognized as a PCMH by a national organization.

The nationwide survey, conducted in April for Englewood, CO-based MGMA, found the 36% of practices interested in becoming a PCMH were in family medicine, followed by multispecialty practices with primary and specialty care (more than 30%), and pediatrics (more than 10%).

The study found that the top five most common processes practices engaged in as part of the PCMH model were:

  1. Assigning patients to a primary care clinician (80%)
  2. Addressing patients' mental health issues or concerns and referring them to appropriate agencies (70%)
  3. Exchanging clinical information electronically with pharmacies (70%)
  4. Involving patients and family members in shared decision making (70%)
  5. Maintaining chronic disease registries (45%)

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