American College of Physicians and WellPoint Collaborate to Give Physicians the Tools They Need to Successfully Participate in Medical Home Programs
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Physician practices in 14 states that participate in WellPoint’s affiliated health plans’ patient-centered primary care programs will be eligible to have licensed access, at no cost, to 2.0, an online practice-management tool developed by the American College of Physicians (ACP).
This online tool is just one of the many features physician practices may benefit from by participating in the patient-centered primary care programs which reward physicians – financially and through added resources and data sharing – for coordinating all aspects of their patients’ care, making that care more accessible and affordable while strengthening the doctor-patient relationship.
“By offering the Medical Home Builder as a valuable resource to physician practices that take part in the patient-centered primary care programs, we can promote additional improvements in the quality, outcomes and cost-effectiveness of patient care,” said Doug Wenners, senior vice president of Provider Engagement and Contracting for WellPoint. “We are pleased to work with ACP on this effort as it underscores our commitment to equip clinicians with the tools and resources to do what they do best: manage all aspects of their patients’ care.”
The agreement between ACP and WellPoint will offer access to ACP’s Medical Home Builder 2.0 for up to 20,000 clinicians.
“Medical Home Builder 2.0 helps primary care practices improve clinical quality, streamline fundamental business operations, and identify and implement key features of the patient-centered medical home,” said Michael S. Barr, MD, FACP, MBA, who leads ACP’s Medical Practice, Professionalism & Quality division.
Physician practices that use ACP’s Medical Home Builder 2.0 become part of an online community of practices committed to improving patient care and identifying office efficiencies. The web-based tool offers 23 self-paced modules that address the key attributes and expectations of a patient-centered medical home, improving clinical care, and practice management. Each learning module includes:
Participating physician practices will have access to Medical Home Builder 2.0 beginning in January 2013.
The American College of Physicians () is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 133,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on Twitter () and Facebook ().
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