Primary Care

26 01, 2017

Patient-Centered Care vs. PCMH recognition

January 26th, 2017|

First and foremost, the PCMH model is about better patient care. NCQA states, “Evidence shows that the PCMH model of care can result in reduced costs and healthier and more satisfied patients.” It is a model that works especially for patients with chronic and complex conditions. But we see the question about “Why PCMH?” and “Why PCMH recognition?” as being separate. Implementing the PCMH model of care doesn’t necessarily require you to get the “stamp of approval” from NCQA or another agency. Choosing to implement patient-centered care concepts – and foregoing recognition – in your practice may be the right fit for […]

26 01, 2017

NCQA PCMH 2017 Redesign

January 26th, 2017|

NCQA is redesigning the PCMH recognition program. The 2017 PCMH redesign will be rolled out on April 3, 2017. In this new program there will be some key differences from previous recognition programs.

First, NCQA will be retiring the language of “Standards, Elements, and Factors” which outlined the program up until this point. The program requirements will now be called “Concepts, Competency, and Criteria.” See the images to the right for an overview of the six Concepts that will be reflected in the 2017 PCMH program.

Second, the “levels” of PCMH recognition will no longer exist. In order to achieve PCMH recognition […]

26 12, 2016

Cambridge Health Alliance: Combining Clinical Care and Public Health for Community Impact

December 26th, 2016|

One priority for innovation is better collaboration between health care and public health.  The Cambridge Health Alliance CHA integrates primary care, public health, and more into one community-focused organization.  CHA is a large and unique organization, but it offers ideas lessons for collaborative ventures of many different sizes and settings.  Learn more from the CHA website as well as the video below.

20 12, 2016

Closing the Gaps between Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health Care

December 20th, 2016|

medical-dental-behavioralIf we were to examine the leading causes of death within a typical community of modest size and diversity, we would likely find heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and possibly suicide.  If we switched our lens to causes of disability, we would probably see depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders on the list.   If we turned to risk factors for premature death and disability, we would find smoking, overweight, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and substance abuse.

One thing we would probably not see among the statistical summaries is […]

9 12, 2016

A Much-Needed Playbook for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

December 9th, 2016|

the-academyIn our continuing evolution toward whole-person health, it is critically important to integrate behavioral health and primary care for folks who have multiple risks if not multiple diagnoses.  AHRQ has created an online Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care.  Within the Academy is an  Integration Playbook that can be used as a guide for integrating behavioral health in primary care and other ambulatory care settings.  At Community Health Solutions we are helping people use this playbook for as a guide for optimizing integration in the […]

23 09, 2016

The Community Centered Health Home

September 23rd, 2016|

Prevention Institute has defined an innovative approach to community-oriented primary care called the ‘community centered health home.’  In this video, BCBSNC Foundation and the Prevention Institute provide an introduction to the Community-Centered Health Home concept from its founder Larry Cohen.