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Learning Collaborative Readies NY Health Centers for Medical Home, Health IT Incentives

A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) / Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology (HIT) Learning Collaborative will help 12 New York City community health centers leverage state and federal financial incentives for the two programs, while transforming the delivery of primary care.

The first wave of the project will run from September through January 2011, providing centers with classroom-style learning sessions, virtual learning tools and one-on-one coaching. The outcomes of the project include improving access to care; creation of patient care teams and provider panels; and dual PCMH and meaningful use elements, such as the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) to prevent illness, identify and track conditions and lab results, and exchange of patient information across provider settings.

The project was developed in response to two major initiatives. First, the New York State Medicaid Medical Home Program offers additional dollars for primary care providers that meet national medical home standards that emphasize use of HIT, care teams, evidence-based medicine, clear and open communication with patients, open scheduling, and management of chronic disease patients. Providers can earn as much as an additional $2-$16 per visit per patient through the program. Second, the federal government has defined meaningful use of HIT standards and allocated $20 billion in Medicaid and Medicare incentives. Demonstration of key standards, such as electronic capture of health information; tracking of key clinical conditions; and communicating and reporting of outcomes will result in $65,000 in Medicaid or $44,000 in Medicare incentives over five years. Beginning in 2015, Medicare providers yet to demonstrate meaningful use will face financial penalties.

Twelve health centers serving the underserved communities of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens will participate in the first wave of this two-year project, including: Access Community Health Center, Promesa, Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Morris Heights Health Center, Pediatrics 2000, Settlement Health, and Soundview Healthcare Network.

The initiative is being supported with $525,000 in total grant funding from The Altman Foundation, The New York Community Trust and the RCHN Community Health Foundation.

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Source: Primary Care Development Corporation, September 16, 2010


Coordinating a Virtual Medical Home in Your Community: Lessons from the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network

After identifying a need in Iowa for access to affordable prescription drugs and access to specialists for underserved populations, as well as medical home development for the safety net providers in the state, the Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association was awarded state funding to create and manage a provider network to bring together all of the community resources needed to make a medical home possible. During this webinar, industry experts will share how the primary care providers in this community work with other local, community-based organizations, as part of a virtual medical home, to improve access to and the quality of care.

Coordinating a Virtual Medical Home in Your Community: Lessons from the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network is available from the Healthcare Intelligence Network for $249 by visiting our Online Bookstore or by calling toll-free (888) 446-3530.



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