Small medical practices provide nearly 75% all ambulatory care in the United States, yet many lack the resources to improve the quality of care delivered or install electronic health records to serve an increasingly diverse patient mix, according to a report released today by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
"Our research shows that small practices are willing to change and adapt their practices to best meet their patients' needs, be more accountable, improve quality and reduce disparities. However, they will need significant support," says NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane. "When considering how to implement health reform that will work for America, small practices need special attention."
The report, Supporting Small Practices: Lessons for Health Reform, identifies specific ways to address the challenges facing small practices including: