Quality Measurement Dashboard Benchmarks

The Greater Richmond Patient Centered Medical Home Collaborative members (PCMH Collaborative) are community based, safety net organizations that rely on community investment to sustain their work.  To ensure that value is delivered in return for this investment, each organization is committed to a program of continuous improvement and performance measurement. To document ongoing quality improvement, the Patient Centered Medical Home Collaborative members review their performance compared to other clinics in the PCMH Collaborative and compare their quality measure performance to external standards.  Current quality measures include tobacco cessation, cervical cancer screening, blood pressure control, and diabetes control. This practice is commonly called … Continue reading

For Immediate Release: Governor McAuliffe Announces Measures to Expand Healthcare Services to Over 200,000 Virginians ~Launches 10-step plan that will reach Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens~ September 8, 2014

Governor – Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe

Total Cost of Care Lower among Medicare Beneficiaries Receiving Care from PCMHs

In recent months nine different studies have shown that PCMH recognition resulted in reductions in emergency department visits and/or hospitalization (NCQA, 9/3/14).  The latest of these studies appeared in the Health Services Research Journal article titled Total Cost of Care Lower among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Receiving Care from Patient-Centered Medical Homes. The study was conducted by RTI International. The purpose of this study was to compare health care utilization and costs of care between practices with and without NCQA PCMH recognition. Using the Medicare Fee-for-Service program, the authors compared 308 PCMHs with NCQA recognition to a sample of almost 2,000 non-accredited … Continue reading

Structural Capabilities in Small and Medium-Sized Patient-Centered Medical Homes

The American Journal of Managed Care article Structural Capabilities in Small and Medium-Sized Patient-Centered Medical Homes describes the first study to look at structural capabilities and change over time in small- to medium-sized primary care practices participating in Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) pilots.  The authors examined the structural capabilities of 30 pilot projects and change over time in five Rhode Island pilot projects. Their findings show that small- and medium-size primary care practices are able to achieve a high level of medical home capability. The study used the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Physician Practice Connections—Patient-Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) accreditation … Continue reading

How Do Patient-Reported Measures Contribute to Value in Health Care?

The use of patient-reported measures is the subject of a recent Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) article titled How Do Patient-Reported Measures Contribute to Value in Health Care? The article is based on an interview by IHI Vice President Kathy Luther with IHI Communications Specialist Jo Ann Endo.  Ms. Endo discusses the potential for patient-reported measures (PRMs) to catch direct input from patients to improve care delivery and assist organizations to develop value-based systems. Highlights from the article include: PRMs provide the patient’s perspective on their health status.  PRMs are different from other types of standardized data collection tools because … Continue reading

NAFCC report describes ongoing need for free and charitable clinics after ACA

The NAFCC report,  America’ s Free and Charitable Clinics: Vital Support for 30 Million Uninsured Americans provides a description of the ongoing need for free and charitable clinics after implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (submitted by S. Graham)