SAN FRANCISCO, CA, December 20, 2017 – Practice Fusion, the leading cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform, announced today that the Practice Fusion EHR (Version 3.7) has achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Prevalidation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for NCQA’s PCMH 2017 Program.
PCMH Prevalidation is designed to help practices identify health IT solutions that alleviate or make more efficient administrative aspects of meeting NCQA PCMH Program requirements. The Practice Fusion EHR (Version 3.7) now fully meets 2 elective criteria (associated with 4 credits) and partially meets 1 elective criteria (associated with 2 credits) and 3 core criteria, helping Practice Fusion customers more easily achieve PCMH Recognition. The Practice Fusion EHR (Version 3.7) also earned a supporting designation for 3 elective criteria and 7 core credits in the PCMH 2017 Standards. This means that Practice Fusion’s customers will have a more streamlined pathway toward achieving NCQA PCMH Recognition.
“By providing software that helps physician practices build the patient-focused, coordinated care infrastructure expected of NCQA patient-centered medical homes, Practice Fusion is helping practices be part of modern healthcare’s most important transformations”
Practice Fusion’s achievement of PCMH 2017 Prevalidation demonstrates a commitment to the Patient-Centered Medical Home model and other similar value-based reimbursement initiatives. Broadly recognized as an innovative program for improving primary care and lowering healthcare costs, NCQA’s PCMH Recognition program helps medical practices better organize care around their patients, work in teams, and coordinate and track care over time.
“Our practice decided to become PCMH certified in 2017 because the new pathways were easier to manage for a small practice. In addition, our insurance contracts now include incentives for achieving PCMH certification,” said Cari Sukienik, a Practice Fusion customer. “Of equal importance, our practice has long believed in patient centered care and the role the Primary Care physician plays in coordinating that care; in other words, we have been a PCMH without the title. Practice Fusion allows us to quantify the data easily to meet the mandate of PCMH, satisfy the Triple Aim and move us toward value based care.”
In addition to helping provide overall better quality of care for patients, practices that achieve NCQA PCMH Recognition may benefit in multiple ways, including:
– Improved efficiency and lower practice costs. NCQA’s PCMH guidelines are best-in-class for helping to streamline care coordination and care management.
– Enhanced reimbursement support. Federal, state and commercial payers may offer incentive programs and greater support to practices that receive NCQA PCMH Recognition.
– Additional recognition. Accreditation indicates to patients that a practice offers enhanced services and higher quality of care.
“By providing software that helps physician practices build the patient-focused, coordinated care infrastructure expected of NCQA patient-centered medical homes, Practice Fusion is helping practices be part of modern healthcare’s most important transformations,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Medical homes are the way of the future, and Practice Fusion is helping practices get there.”
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.
About Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion is the leading cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform for doctors and patients in the U.S., with a mission of connecting doctors, patients and data to drive better health and save lives. By facilitating over five million patient visits a month with more than 600 connected partners, Practice Fusion helps coordinate care within the largest healthcare ecosystem in the U.S. As the most widely used cloud-based ambulatory EHR, Practice Fusion is helping to reshape the future of healthcare.
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