TransforMED convenes Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood kickoff learning collaboratives with health care organizations in seven communities
LEAWOOD, Kan. – Health care organizations in seven U.S. communities this month begin their transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood (PCMN) concept of care at kickoff learning collaboratives led by TransforMED, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The seven organizations are the first of 15 health systems nationwide to initiate TransforMED training as part of the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's PCMN demonstration project. The organizations kicking off their training programs in January are:
TransforMED is an expert in Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) transformation, and medical neighborhood development. TransforMED and its collaborative partners VHA Inc., a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations based in Irving, Texas, and Phytel, a health care IT company based in Dallas, will work to support health care providers in participating communities in the project's quest for improved health outcomes, improved quality of care and reduced costs.
The PCMN concept connects primary care with other community-based health care providers to create a more efficient, coordinated health care delivery network that improves care at a lower cost. By building on proven methodologies and solutions, the PCMN strives to improve and strengthen collaborative relationships among primary care practices and other providers such as hospitals and specialists.
At each kickoff learning collaborative, TransforMED works with respective communities' primary care practices to develop and implement a PCMH and PCMN training program for local practices. The program incorporates consistent learning and improvement resources that will enable practices in all markets to share resources, results and experiences that promote a rapid and rigorous pace of change.
Initial collaboratives in January help participants understand goals, key drivers and upcoming milestones in the three-year project, and describe team roles, responsibilities and expectations. TransforMED training curriculum at the kickoff meeting guides development of provider-led care teams and planning for improved access to care.
"TransforMED is excited to be working with these progressive practices to improve the health of their communities by building effective and efficient medical neighborhoods." said Dr. Bruce Bagley, MD, FAAFP, TransforMED's Medical Director for Quality Improvement. "Patients expect and deserve care that is safe, reliable and efficient. The Patient-Centered Medical Home, operating in a well coordinated and connected medical neighborhood, should go a long way toward eliminating the fragmentation and unnecessary costs that patients now experience."
Besides improved medical care and total savings of an estimated $49.5 million, enhancing the health care workforce is a fundamental aim of the collaborative PCMN CMMI project, noted Noelle King Whitlow, program director for PCMN at TransforMED. The kickoff learning collaboratives are an important first step for participating health care community and primary care practices, she explained:
“Starting with the new PCMH model of primary care built around patients and delivered by teams, we educate local program participants on the idea of the expanded PCMN that connects primary care to acute-care hospitals, specialists and community health resources, and that increasingly helps patients manage their care proactively.
The project described is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1C1-12-0001 (the "FON") from the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation ("CMS"). Pursuant to said FON, TransforMED and CMS have entered into a cooperative agreement to explore the development of new models for the delivery of better health, better health care and lower costs through improved quality for Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program ("CHIP") enrollees. The project executed pursuant to the cooperative agreement shall not restrict the freedom of choice of providers/services for Medicare, Medicaid and/or CHIP patients in fee-for-service ("FFS") plans. The project contents are solely the responsibility of TransforMED and its project affiliates, Phytel and VHA Inc., and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.
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