OK tackles medical home model using health IT
The partnership marks INTEGRIS’ latest effort to adjust to the emerging value-based system of health, which rewards providers commensurate with the quality of care they deliver, according to a news release. To succeed in a value-based environment, the health system’s leaders say they realize they need population health and care management tools that enhance the capabilities offered by their electronic health record.
INTEGRIS’ use of Phytel also will help meet the requirements of a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This federal funding is part of a $20.8 million Health Care Innovation Grant that CMMI announced last June. Provided to a collaborative that includes Phytel, VHA, and TransforMED, the grant will fund a three-year national project involving health care systems, hospitals and provider practices in 15 communities.
The CMMI project’s goal is to expand the concept of the PCMH to the “medical neighborhood,” including specialists, and to connect hospitals with physician practices to improve the quality of care and lower health costs, according to INTEGRIS. The health plan’s first step toward that goal will be to create PCMHs in its 22 family care practices in the Oklahoma City area. Five INTEGRIS practices will be included in the program’s initial phase, and INTEGRIS plans to roll out the PCMH model to the other practices in the future via the project.
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