Providers are always striving to improve profitability and enhance patient care. URAC’s Patient Centered Health Care Home approach can facilitate compliance with healthcare reform. Some of the aspects of this approach are streamlining coordination across the continuum of care, increasing patient access to information and boosting efficiency and effectiveness. URAC’s concept uses a step approach with high level of flexibility and customizable elements, providing educational support and cost advantages.
PCMC is a team-based healthcare delivery model led by a physician that provides comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with the goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes. The provision of medical homes may allow better access to health care, increase satisfaction with care, and help with the financial management of healthcare.
URAC’s Patient Centered Health Care Home (PCHCH) Programs instruct and direct healthcare providers, insurers, or healthcare management consulting organizations on how to transform a practice into a truly patient centered health care home. Further, URAC’s PCHCH Achievement standards align directly with the Meaningful Use requirements, thereby promoting practice recognitions for meeting these standard elements.
The URAC PCHCH Practice Achievement Program assesses practices on key URAC PCHCH Practice Standards from the URAC PCHCH Program Toolkit. These standards are considered critical elements of a patient centered health care home and include seven mandatory standards. The standards align to the Joint Principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home and address key requirements for all Meaningful Use requirements for electronic medical records, quality data submission and e-prescribing.
To qualify for URAC’s PCHCH Practice Achievement, an organization must be reviewed on-site by a URAC PCHCH Certified Auditor or a URAC clinical reviewer. A one or two day onsite review will occur, dependent on the size of the practice. Upon successful completion, URAC PCHCH Practice Achievement is awarded for a two-year time frame.