URAC Releases Standards for Patient Centered Medical Home Certification

By URAC on Feb 22, 2017 11:03:53 AM

Announcement provides proprietary information to accelerate healthcare transformation

Washington, DC -- Independent accreditor URAC today made public its proprietary standards for the organization’s Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program. The announcement, which provides a complimentary download of the PCMH Certification standards, is part of an effort to help primary care practices nationwide implement best practices for providing value-based, quality medical services.

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The Patient-Centered Medical Home Poster Child

By James (Larry) Holly, M.D. on Dec 27, 2016 1:37:39 PM

By James (Larry) Holly, M.D., CEO, Southeast Texas Medical Associates

Southeast Texas Medical Associates’ (SETMA’s) pilgrimage toward Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) began in 1999 as a result of our study of Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline. In that study, we identified ten principles which would guide our development in both our practice and in the electronic medical record (EMR) tool which we would design.  (see SETMA: May, 1999 - Four Seminal Events)  Ten years into our development, we realized that those ten principles were also the principles of PCMH.

Topics: PCMH
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3 Ways Healthcare Providers Can Protect Themselves from Cyber Attacks

By URAC on Nov 23, 2016 3:08:20 PM

Hardly a month goes by that we don’t hear about a cyber or ransomware attack on a healthcare provider, manufacturer or health plan. Though major attacks are the ones that make the news, healthcare providers across the country face the risk of an attack of any size.

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse estimates that more than 900 million records have been breached in the United States since 2005 as a result of nearly 5,200 reported incidents. Of those, about 30 percent—more than 1,500 data breaches—occurred in the healthcare industry.

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Final MACRA Rule: Five Highlights You Need to Know

By URAC on Oct 31, 2016 2:00:00 PM

With the final MACRA rule released on Oct. 14, the industry is now getting the chance to dig into all of the details of this 2,300-page document, especially the act’s Quality Payment Program, which replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate formula with two tracks of reimbursement—the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) or Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

“Folks are now in the process of getting their heads around what’s in the final rule and determining what they have to do to respond in 2017,” said Aaron Turner-Phifer, URAC’s director of government relations and policy. “The most important thing right now is for practices and clinicians to be engaging with their medical societies and educating themselves on the best path forward.”

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Video: Are You Ready for MACRA?  Discover How to Achieve Sustainable Transformation

By URAC on Oct 27, 2016 3:53:05 PM

Watch this video for quick overview about MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), and what you need to do to succeed in the new healthcare economy.

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3 Tips to Prepare Your Practice for PCMH Certification

By URAC on Oct 26, 2016 5:00:00 AM

A foundational principle of all healthcare providers is to keep the focus on patients and their specific needs. It’s also the philosophy at the heart of the Patient-Centered Medical Home concept.

This concept and process can serve as invaluable guidance for transforming your practice, especially in the shift toward value-based reimbursement
Topics: PCMH
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Small Physician Practices: How to Successfully Go It Alone

By URAC on Oct 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM

For some physician practices, the demands of the Affordable Care Act have brought with them administrative and technical burdens, and an increasing number of providers are responding to that trend by consolidating with fellow practitioners.

Consumer advocates warn of the possibility of increased costs because of less competition due to consolidation, while others say it can advance the type of collaborative care that will improve patient outcomes.

Topics: PCMH
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