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TransforMED Announces New President and CEO

Bruce Bagley, MD, FAAFP  -  Interim President and CEO, TransforMED

The TransforMED Board of Managers has announced the appointment of Bruce Bagley, MD, as interim president and CEO. Dr. Bagley most recently served as the medical director for quality improvement for both the American Academy of Family Physicians and TransforMED.

During his nearly 30-year practice career, Dr. Bagley provided the full range of family medicine services in a single-specialty family medicine group practice in Albany, N.Y. Under his leadership, the 10-physician group was a well-known pioneer in the community in adapting to the challenges of managed care, quality improvement, informatics, and patient-centered care....

• Read Dr. Bagley's bio »


COLLABORATIVE PCMN CMMI PROGRAM
TransforMED leads Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood kickoff learning collaboratives with health care organizations in eight more U.S. communities

Health care organizations in eight U.S. communities are beginning the transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood (PCMN) concept of care at kickoff learning collaboratives led by TransforMED.

The eight organizations are the remainder of 15 health systems nationwide to initiate TransforMED training as part of the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's PCMN demonstration project...

Read the complete press release »

Particpants at the North Mississippi CMMI Patient-Centered Medical Neigborhood Collaborative

Short Videos from the Conference on Practice Improvement
TransforMED's President and CEO, Dr. Bruce Bagley sat down with a few of the many subject matter experts, presenters and speakers at STFM's recent Conference on Practice Improvement. We hope these short videos capture the joyful, innovative spirit of the conference. For links to CPI 2013 audio and presentation materials, click here.
     
Delta-Exchange: Ask PCMH questions. Get answers. John Bachman, MD Michael Barry, MD

Christine Sinsky, MD & Thomas Sinsky, MD

John Bachman, MD

Michael Barry, MD

Stacey Brungardt, CAE Jason Mitchell, MD Amy Mullins, MD

Stacey Brungardt, CAE

Jason Mitchell, MD

Amy Mullins, MD

Shelly Phinney, MBA & Michael O’Dell, MD, MSHA John Saultz, MD John Saultz, MD

Shelly Phinney, MBA & Michael O’Dell, MD, MSHA

John Saultz, MD

Joseph Scherger, MD, MPH


Hawaii beacon infuses health IT, care coordination with aloha

"...Currently, 19 physicians around the island have made significant progress through a guided process from TransforMed to better coordinate, plan and manage care and encourage patient involvement, Nugent said. TransforMed online consultations, webinars and training covers change management, high-performing clinical teams and office workflow. TransforMed also gives physicians access to a website where they can compose questions about the model and receive answers and feedback from other practices. The participating physicians also meet and collaborate for a day over practice redesign and decide what comes next..."

  Hawai'i Island Beacon Community (HIBC) is an island-wide federally funded collaborative project administered through the College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo

Click here to read an article at Government Health IT »


Delta-Exchange

Now Free for AAFP members!

» Physician Networking Resource Delta-Exchange Now Free to AAFP Members

Effective immediately, as part of their member benefits, all AAFP members will have free access to an interactive physician networking resource called Delta-Exchange.

The network, which was created by the AAFP's nonprofit, wholly-owned subsidiary TransforMED, opened for business in 2009 as a fee-based service. Since then, the success of Delta-Exchange, which now has 3,500 users, and the accolades of those users convinced the AAFP and TransforMED that the resource should be made available as a benefit for all AAFP members..."

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DX

"...One of the best peer learning tools is Delta-Exchange...in going through the NCQA application process, our practice needed a one-page handout to inform patients about the medical home. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I went to Delta-Exchange and “asked” the group if anyone already had such a document. That same day, I had three examples. This type of sharing is invaluable. It helps the spread of ideas and saves time in busy offices..."

Melissa Gerdes, MD
Trinity Clinic Whitehouse

Quality Health Care Delivered Effectively and Efficiently
PCMH solutions are sprouting up everywhere

From the Center for American Progress

TransforMED and related pilots and projects are highlighted in this "issue brief" that examines some of the existing payment and health care delivery practices that are already improving the quality and slowing the cost growth of health care in the US. The existing and future benefits of Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Accountable Care Organizations and The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation are explored in detail in this comprehensive and comprehensible snapshot.

Read the article at the Center for American Progress »


As health reform unfolds, involve the patients
Patient-centered care

From USA Today

"... According to Terry McGeeney, a primary care physician who led the medical home project, 'The Achilles heel of all of this is a lack of patient understanding and engagement.' Indeed, someone forgot to inform patients how their health care would change ..."

Read Kevin Pho's op-ed at USA Today»


'Medical home' idea aims at making primary care work better

BCBS logo"...Statistics so far show the medical home model costs insurers less. 'In other pilots we're doing longer, we're seeing a 30 percent reduction in hospitalizations and ER visits,' McGeeney said. 'I'm expecting the same kind of numbers in this pilot.' McGeeney said the model has saved private insurance providers and government-run ones, such as Medicaid, on average 10 percent to 12 percent in health care costs. Illinois Medicaid, he said, reported it saved $300 million from the model last year alone.

Last year, TransforMED helped 15 of the roughly 25 U.S. pilot programs. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, which is private, is paying more than $1 million for TransforMED’s services throughout the two-year Kansas City area pilot. 'We have been trying to improve quality and efficiency in health care for years'” said Blake Williamson, vice president and senior medical director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City. 'With health care reform, that's getting even more important. I think the medical home model is going to be even more important in the future.'..."

Read The Kansas City Star story at KansasCity.com»

 

TransforMED Recognized for Best Practices in Workplace Training and Development
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TransforMED has received Best Practices Awards from the Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development in three Workplace Learning and Performance categories: program design and development, culture and technology innovation.

"TransforMED is proud to be recognized by the KC-ASTD for our work in the areas of culture, program design and technology innovation," said Terry McGeeney, MD, MBA, president and CEO of TransforMED. "Our knowledgeable team of experts has developed unique tools and best practices that are helping more than 17,000 physicians nationwide in their efforts to become medical homes. It is most gratifying to know that our efforts truly are transforming the way primary care is delivered." Read the press release »


Patient Panel Highlights Priority Health Learning Collaborative
Patient panel participants"I found the patient panel discussion very enlightening and I found it interesting that patients from such a variety of practices all found things they liked about the ‘new PCMH approach,'" said Mark Stid, M.D. of LHP-South Washington Family Medicine. "Most surprising and gratifying was hearing from the patient panelists that most of them had indeed seen improvements over the last year as their doctors' offices transformed to medical homes. Sometimes we are too close to the problems and solutions to see any significant changes, so it was nice to hear there has been progress." Read the story »

22 TransforMED PCMH Pilot Practices Receive NCQA Recognition!

We did it!Transformation to a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a challenging task in and of itself, not to mention that payers often require participating practices to achieve NCQA certification in order to qualify for enhanced reimbursement within a pilot project. We're proud to announce that we helped 22 practices reach and often exceed their NCQA recognition goals — in less than a year. Click here to read more »

Click here to find out more about TransforMED's PCMH facilitation services »


A Conversation with...

Joseph Mambu, MD

Joseph Mambu, MD : Achieving NCQA Level III
Family Medicine, Geriatrics and Wellness in Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania was recently recognized as a NCQA Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home. Practice leader, Joseph Mambu, MD answered a few questions about his practice's experience and offered some persuasive numbers: "As a participant in the SEPA Chronic Care Collaborative, we were financially incented to obtain our NCQA medical home certification...Our PPC-PCMH™ earned us approximately $57,000 for year one and $106,000 in both years two and three of the collaborative."

Read this fun and insightful Q&A with Dr. Mambu »


Practice transformation services for practices of all sizes

Every primary care practice needs to be at the helm of its own destiny, especially when it comes to changing habits and processes to serve patients better. But organizations are most likely to thrive in this course of action when they enlist an experienced guide who can ask the right questions, provide experience-based answers and increase access to strategic tools and resources. TransforMED's facilitated services combine wise counsel and a deep knowledge base with implementation options to fit any size practice or budget.

Medical Home Facilitation
Baseline Practice Assessment
Learning Collaboratives and Practice Retreats
Delta-Exchange collaborative network

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Evidence of the value of facilitation

The Robert Graham Center has released a new one-pager entitled "The Effect of Facilitation in Fostering Practice" by Carlos Roberto Jaén MD PhD, et al. The report summarizes the researchers' findings that "Working with facilitation agents measurably improves the ability of motivated primary care practices to move towards improved models of care." Read the report »

Find out about TransforMED's facilitation services »


TransforMED and MGMA Launch Transformation Series
of Patient-Centered Medical Home Workbooks
PCMH Workbooks

TransforMED Centers of Excellence Consultants are sharing their learnings in a series of workbooks that provide practices concise, step-by-step information on relevant topics in health care delivery and will be instrumental in ensuring success for your practice. The first two books titled the Patient-Centered Medical Home Access Workbook and the Patient-Centered Medical Home Care Management Workbook are now available for purchase.

Click here to find out more and get a promotional code so you can take advantage of the discounted TransforMED Member price »


How to Talk to Your Partners

TransforMED's Vice President of Practice Development and Organizational Change, Christine Johnson, PhD talks to Physicians Practice about "how to effectively diffuse disagreements and preempt disputes"– especially important as practices evolve to a team model.

Read the article at Physicians Practice online »


PATIENT EDUCATION TOOLS FOR PRIMARY CARE PRACTICES

TransforMED Partners with Emmi Solutions to Educate Patients About the Benefits of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

INTRODUCTION TO THE PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME
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Emmi Solutions, TransforMED and the PCPCC have partnered to create a web-based patient education tool designed to play an integral role in the transformation of primary care practices to Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

The result is an engaging and education multimedia experience that helps patients understand the Patient-Centered Medical Home and their important role in the collaborative health and wellness relationship with their primary care practice. Click here to find out more »

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Romeo Medical Clinic featured in AP's "Faces of health care" online video

Dr. RomeoAssociated Press Interactive has published online a series of "Faces of health care" videos that explores the health care debate from the perspectives of eight different groups of stakeholders.

The "Doctors" video in the series features TransforMED National Demonstration Project participants Mike Romeo, MD; Sam Romeo, MD; and Chris Hawley, MD from the Romeo Medical Clinic in Turlock, CA.

Dr. RomeoThis TransforMED Touchstone Group practice was chosen for inclusion because it epitomizes most aspects of the patient-centered medical home.

Watch the video at Associated Press »
Once at AP's site, click on "Doctors"
to view the Romeo Medical Clinic video


AAFP Patient-Centered Medical Home video highlights
TransforMED pilot project physicians and patients

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Be a part of the positive change in primary practice!
The AAFP has produced a powerful video featuring TransforMED's National Demonstration Project participant physicians — and their patients — sharing their views on how the Patient-Centered Medical Home has positively transformed their primary care experiences.

You can make transform your practice! Find out how »

 


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