athenahealth has launched an "accelerator program" for its cloud-based electronic health record to help physicians achieve recognition as patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs). athenahealth is the first EHR vendor to meet the corporate review requirements of the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), which recognizes practices that meet its PCMH requirements. In addition, NCQA will continue to evaluate athenahealth's EHR.
The accelerator program will include prebuilt content that can help practices meet some PCMH criteria, according to athenahealth.
"The program we are rolling out gets me really excited, because we are loading in preexisting data to actually accelerate doctors' ability to become PCMH designated and putting in a framework against which they can be continuously evaluated," athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush said in a press release. "It's a program where everybody's bought into and is fully invested in this idea of coordinated care."
Margaret O'Kane, president of the NCQA, commented, "Practices and providers using the accelerator will be well positioned to earn PCMH recognition from NCQA."
athenahealth's accelerator includes:
- Pre-filtered reporting for NCQA PCMH applications
- Quality management tools to track PCMH measures
- Identifying and helping clients pursue PCMH incentive programs.
Many health plans are now offering rewards to practices that achieve NCQA recognition or payer recognition as PCMHs.