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Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative Phase 2 Completed: 4 clinics involved achieve PCMH Recognition
July 1, 2015 For Immediate Release Contact: Marina Spexarth or Carolyn Gaughan, CAE 316-721-9005 or kafp@kafponline.org Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative Phase 2 Completed: 4 clinics involved achieve PCMH Recognition WICHITA, KAN — All four Kansas primary care practices involved in Phase 2 of the Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Initiative earned the highest level of PCMH recognition possible: Level 3 PCMH recognition through NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance). The clinics are: • Cheyenne County Clinic, St. Francis, Kan. • Daniel J Sanchez, MD, PA, Plainville, Kan. • KU Wichita Adult Medicine, Wichita, Kan. • Sabetha Family Practice, Sabetha, Kan. The Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMH) Initiative began in 2011 as a 3 year project. The project’s goal was to improve health care in Kansas through advancing the PCMH health care model. The initiative provided education and information regarding the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and encouraged practices to move to the PCMH model to improve population health and clinical outcomes. Phase 1 of the initiative provided facilitation to eight primary care practices across the state. Of those eight practices, two achieved Level 3 PCMH recognition from NCQA during Phase 1. Four practices elected to participate in Phase 2 of the initiative, implementing transformation into their practices and earning Level 3 PCMH recognition through NCQA. The patient-centered medical home is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into "what patients want it to be." Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care. NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition is the most widely-used recognition program for primary care practices who seek recognition after their transformation into medical homes. Here are some thoughts from those directly involved: “Having achieved this milestone has certainly improved our patient care and evaluation of what we do. It has also opened doors that would not have been there without the certification that are true ‘Pay for Performance’ opportunities. While this new platform is still in its infancy, it is reassuring to know that we are poised to benefit if the system matures to its full potential,” comments Dan Sanchez, MD of Plainville. Peggy Manley (Sabetha Family Practice) shares her thoughts about the Sabetha clinic’s success, “Our biggest success was creating our care-plans. We had discussed care plans many times but this got us in gear to get them in place. I think going through this certification process has made us aware of the good job we are doing, but also showed us how to do even better.” Here is some advice to those considering embarking upon the transformation process to become a PCMH: Dawn Zwetzig (Cheyenne County Clinic, St. Francis) suggests: “Plan and give yourself time. The documentation, marking up screen shots and policies, and removing demographics takes more time than you think it will. Having someone to keep you on task and double check your work is invaluable!” Melissa Gaines, MD (KU Wichita Adult Medicine Clinic, Wichita) is proud of their clinic’s success in managing the changes and moving their electronic record. She advises: “1. Get a consultant. 2. Start with quality improvement.” Manley suggests, “Find ways to keep your team motivated. You are asking people to make changes in things they have done for years.” All the clinics involved were grateful for the opportunity offered through the grant-funded program. It was perhaps expressed best by Dr. Gaines: “I can’t say enough great things about the support of this grant to make our practice a success. I’m truly thankful.” KAFP Executive Director Carolyn Gaughan sums up the experience, “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with these clinics and provide the technical assistance as they sought to become more patient centered, and we are thrilled they each accomplished their goal! We truly thank the consultants from the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Karlen Haury & Mary Monasmith, for their steady guidance and assistance to each practice.” The initiative is an effort of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in conjunction with the Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine, the Kansas Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, the Kansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the Kansas Medical Society. Funding for this project was provided by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a philanthropy based in Hutchinson, Kansas and the Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans, a Topeka-based philanthropic organization with the mission to serve as a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans. For more information about these organizations, visit: http://www.healthfund.org; www.sunflowerfoundation.org; and www.kansashealth.org. # # # About the KAFP The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is the largest medical specialty society in the state, with a total of 1,630 members. The mission of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is to promote access to, and excellence in, health care for all Kansans through education and advocacy for family physicians and their patients. The KAFP is affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national association for family physicians. For more information about the KAFP visit the KAFP Web site at www.kafponline.org.