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By Bruce Bagley, MDTransforMED CEO
If you are not familiar with Medicare Advantage plans and how they work, it is time to get up to speed and follow this important trend in health … more
Register for November medical home conference hosted by MGMA and TransforMed
The concept of the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, continues to evolve. The Medical Group … more
Large or small, new tools help transform practices into patient-centered medical homes
Small and solo physician practices are able to successfully incorporate the tenets of the … more
Patient-centered medical home
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Accountable care organizations
Interested in transitioning your practice into an accountable care organization? This page includes information on the transition … more
“Real Life Practice Transformation,” a blog by TAFP President Melissa Gerdes, M.D., for AAFP’s Family Practice Management journal, gives physicians advice on implementing aspects of the medical home. Gerdes’ practice emerged as a star of the initial TransforMED National Demonstration Project, making her the perfect physician to share her experiences—good and bad—with the larger AAFP community.
The TransforMED model builds on the physician-patient relationship already cultivated in primary care, while adding new technology and approaches to help practices better serve the needs of patients and practices. The basics of the model focus on increasing patients’ access to care and information, becoming more efficient in practice management, enhancing practice-based services, expanding the use of health information technology, providing better care management, improving quality and safety, coordinating care in a more effective way, and supporting practice-based team care.
If it sounds like a lot, it is, and the NDP proved that practices need support from the entire staff and their patients to start implementing some of the recommendations. Reading Gerdes’ posts is a good first step to evaluating what the TransforMED recommendations can do for your practice.more
TransforMed rolls out new product to support solo, small practices
TransforMed, a wholly owned subsidiary of the AAFP, has launched a new service that offers small primary care practices the help … more
By Tom Banning
TAFP Chief Executive Officer/Executive Vice President
Health system reform—with the emphasis on the system, not the players in the system—is on the political precipice. In my previous column, I discussed how policymakers, patients, physicians and those paying for health care are so fed up with our floundering health care system that fundamental, systemic change is inevitable.
The good news is that among the policy experts who count and vote, there is a broad, evidence-based consensus that economic recovery and health care economics are inextricably linked. Every report accumulating on politicians’ desks, in their minds and perhaps in their hearts declares the restoration of primary care as fundamental to health system reform.more
TAFP survey shows challenge of implementing medical home model
While primary care physician organizations at the state and federal levels push the patient-centered medical home model as a solution … more
By Melissa Gerdes, M.D.
When I first read the Future of Family Medicine report in 2004, I was overwhelmed by the degree of change being asked of family medicine. Now, four years later, I am living in the midst of it.
When we were selected to be one of 36 practices from across the country to participate in TransforMed, my partners and I were not sure we could live up to the promises and hopes imbedded in the project. We also were concerned about dedicating the kind of time needed to implement some of the changes.more