Jan 03

Will PCMH Make My Practice More Patient and Physician Friendly?

The average number of physicians in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices is 8.1. (CDC)

If you’re in the healthcare industry, you’ve likely heard of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model and the idea that being recognized as a PCMH is important to your success as a medical practice. It’s also likely that you’re wondering why it’s so important to be recognized as a PCMH. One question you may have is, “Will it make my practice more patient and physician friendly?”

The short answer is yes. Let’s take a look at why.

Patient Benefits

Improved preventative services and screenings

When practices are following the PCMH model, patients benefit in a number of ways. First, because of greater attention paid to providing preventative services and screenings, patients tend to stay healthier when their primary practice operates as a PCMH.

Enhanced communication

Patients who visit a PCMH also tend to enjoy better communication, better management of chronic conditions, and have an overall better experience. This is due to the concepts that are emphasized in the PCMH model and the way those concepts place the practice’s focus directly on patient-centered care.

Physician Benefits

Higher reimbursement from insurance companies

Patients aren’t the only ones benefiting from the PCMH model. Physicians stand to gain quite a bit from this designation as well, including higher reimbursement. Insurance companies value the PCMH recognition and clinicians who practice in a PCMH office can seek financial benefits for their efforts. This is in addition to the financial benefits provided by Medicare for PCMH recognition.

Full credit in the MIPS Improvement Activities category

There are regulatory benefits to practicing in a PCMH. Physicians automatically earn full credit in the MIPS Improvement Activities category by working in a PCMH, leading to greater MACRA success. Additionally, physicians whose certification requires them to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits are able to do so simply by practicing in a PCMH.

Better focus on patient care

Finally, physicians see the benefit of being able to truly focus on patient care, something that can be increasingly difficult in today’s healthcare climate. Because the focus in a PCMH practice is on providing the gold standard in patient care, physicians in these practices are not required to keep up with the haggard pace of seeing an average of four patients each hour, a practice that invariably leaves them running behind and feeling frustrated and exhausted at the end of each day. Rather, by practicing under the PCMH model, physicians are able to take their time and dig in with each patient, focusing on giving them the best possible health outcomes and ensuring that the full spectrum of their health needs are being met. This not only leads to satisfied patients, but very satisfied physicians as well.

Learn How We Help You Succeed as a PCMH

It’s a well-known fact that satisfied patients and physicians make for a healthy practice, so when considering whether or not to make any adjustments to your practice, such as becoming recognized as a PCMH, your first thought is likely, “How will this transition impact my physicians and patients?” When it comes to PCMH, the answer is clearly for the better. If you’re wondering if becoming a PCMH will make your practice more patient and physician friendly, the answer is absolutely.

If you’d like to know how MicroMD can help you succeed as a PCMH, we’d love to show you. Visit micromd.com or call 1-800-624-8832 for more information.

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