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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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