5 Attributes of Medical Home Neighborhoods,
Where Practitioners Unite for Patient Care

"The healthcare world is changing in ways that many of us have never seen in our lifetime with the possible exception of Medicare," says Dr. Terry McGeeney, director of BDC Advisors, a veteran of the healthcare system for 30 years.

It has moved away from system fragmentation, patient disenfranchisement, technophobia and fee-for-service (FFS) to system coordination, patient-centeredness, tech savviness and fee-for-value reimbursement, where bundled payments and accountable care are the reality, Dr. McGeeney says.

Dr. Terry McGeeney Ultimately, the patient-centered medical neighborhood (PCMN), or network of physicians collaborating and coordinating care per the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model, will be a partnership among practitioners, patients and their families that ensures and respects the decisions of the patients, said Dr. McGeeney during Medical Home Neighborhoods: Uplinking Specialists To Create Integrated Systems of Care, a November 20th webinar now available for replay. Dr. McGeeney examined the trend toward medical neighborhoods and effective strategies for building out the neighborhood.

Bridging the gap between physician and provider-speak and hospital-speak, and identifying and engaging specialists in the medical neighborhood are key, Dr. McGeeney continues. Transitioning a clinically integrated entity to a high-functioning medical neighborhood is a real opportunity and challenge.

What are the key attributes of a highly functioning medical neighborhood?

  • A clear agreement on a delineation of roles of the neighbors in the system. Many successful neighborhoods are establishing letters of agreement or understanding on who is going to do what.
  • Sharing clinical information needed for effective decision-making, reducing duplication and waste in the system, as supported by appropriate health information technology (IT).
  • Continuity of medical care when patients transition between settings, particularly important in the post-acute space, and the move toward risk and episodic bundled payments. The transition from clinic to the emergency room (ER) is also critical.
  • Focusing on patientsí preferences, whether itís to the primary care clinic or through a dedicated care coordinator, with the PCMH playing a key role. Strong community linkages, including both clinical and non-clinical services, pharmacy, behavioral health, etc.

In case you missed this webinar, you still have a chance to watch this highly-rated program.

Register to view the conference today or order your training DVD or CD:

You can "attend" this program right in your office and learn: how to identify specialists to participate in a medical neighborhood; how to engage specialists in the medical neighborhood; how to help physicians understand the link between meaningful use, the patient-centered medical home and medical neighborhoods; care coordination across the neighborhood; and lessons learned in building medical neighborhoods.

Itís so convenient! Invite your staff members to watch the conference. We will send you a DVD or CD-ROM of the conference proceedings or a link to our web site with a username and password. You can log in and view the program right from your computer ó any time of the day or night, whenever convenient for you and your colleagues ó and benefit from the archived recording of the conference, including the Q&A period.

You'll get to listen to the question and answer session to hear how the primary care and specialist connection is conveyed to the patient or health plan member, examples of effective medical neighborhoods, the top strategies for practices to build capacity and strategies to improve care coordination across the neighborhood.

To register for the on-demand re-broadcast, download an .MP3 file or order the training DVD or CD-ROM of Medical Home Neighborhoods: Uplinking Specialists To Create Integrated Systems of Care, please visit:

I hope you find it useful.


Melanie Matthews
Executive Vice President
The Healthcare Intelligence Network

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