The TransforMED consultancy subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians has introduced a new service to help small primary care practices to implement its patient-centered medical home model of care in two years.
Under the medical home model, physician practices are designated patients' "medical home" to coordinate the continuum of care. The practices are redesigned to be more functional and workflow-friendly, and new processes are developed to focus on quality, safety and alternative reimbursement methods. The care model also calls for extensive use of health information technologies, including electronic health records, e-prescribing, clinical decision support, secure messaging and Web portal software.
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