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NGHS chosen for new health care delivery network

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LEAWOOD, Kan. – Health care organizations in seven U.S. communities - including Gainesville - this month begin their transformation to a Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood (PCMN) concept of care. There are kickoff learning collaboratives led by TransforMED, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, scheduled at each locale.

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:

Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, W.Va.
Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Ind.
Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Ala.
Northeast Georgia Health System, Gainesville, Ga.
North Mississippi Health Services, Tupelo, Miss.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore
INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma City

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.

“These on-site collaboratives are like a retreat for practices and health systems. Not only do they supply a learning opportunity in a collaborative environment; they set up an occasion that allows the entire range of providers in a community to get to know each other and share lessons learned.”

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About TransforMED

The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2005, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians looking to transform their practices to a new model of care that is based on the concept of a Patient-Centered Medical Home. TransforMED is an active member of primary care communities and recognizes and supports the unique value that primary care offers to patients and the health care system. TransforMED shares and supports the idealism and altruism of primary care physicians and the strong commitment to their communities and patients through continuing patient relationships and independent decision making. TransforMED offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the patient centered medical home model. To learn more about TransforMED, visit www.transformed.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

About VHA Inc.

Founded in 1977 and based in Irving, Texas, VHA Inc. is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. VHA leverages its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help its members achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2011, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.9 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 72,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 14 regional offices. VHA has been ranked as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Modern Healthcare since the publication introduced this list in 2008. For more information, visit www.vha.com and follow us on Twitter.

About Phytel

The premier company empowering physician-led population health improvement, Phytel provides physicians with proven technology to deliver timely, coordinated care to their patients. Phytel's state-of-the-art registry, which now encompasses more than 20 million patients nationwide, uses evidence-based chronic and preventive care protocols to identify and notify patients due for service, while tracking compliance and measuring quality and financial results. For more information, please visit www.phytel.com. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.
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