Hello Health is pleased to introduce “Provider to Provider,” a new videocast series that examines issues impacting today’s independent medical practice. This month’s session focuses on the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), including ways the PCMH concept is evolving, and the steps that primary care practices can and should be taking to prepare for outcomes-based care and reimbursement models.
According to Ted Wymyslo, M.D., while many physicians believe the platforms they are currently using are sufficient, the PCMH model helps modernize many of the electronic processes and systems that clinicians already have in place. Whether a practice has one or 20 clinicians, there are overwhelming benefits from combining information from a number of sources into one central medical home – a home to all of the information that is pertinent to a person’s health and well-being.
Wymylso reviews the cultural changes that coincide with the move toward outcomes-based care, and provides insights about how to manage that change effectively. He cites the important role that patients should play in the transition:
“Bring them on, get them involved, let them help design,” he says. He stresses the need for medical practices to be accessible to patients – and in ways that meet the patient’s expectations and definition of accessibility.
Practices that have not already embraced the PCMH model will soon be forced to do so, as the health care industry is moving in that direction with new emphasis on payment reform and a focus on population health management. To avoid later cash flow and operational disruptions, it is important to put the right systems in place now to stay ahead of the care coordination curve.
“The current way of doing care is not sustainable, “ Wymsylo says. “We’ve got to get a better system of managing health.”
He points to trade associations as resources to help small practices with the transformation
Using a PCMH model will help bring medical practices to a place where patients automatically find themselves when needing information regarding their care. Having a connected community of care providers is critical to the future of health care, and a better, more practical solution for patients.
For more of Dr. Wymyslo’s perspective on PCMHs and their importance and benefit, watch the videocast now.
About Dr. Wymyslo: Ted Wymyslo, M.D. is the director of the Ohio Department of Health, and has worked in the field of primary health care as a family physician, administrator, and educator for more than 30 years.
About Dr. Gregg Alexander (moderator) : Gregg Alexander, D.O. a grunt in the trenches pediatrician at Madison Pediatrics, is Chief Medical Officer for Health Nuts Media, directs the Pediatric Office of the Future exhibit for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and sits on the board of directors of the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP).