Arcadia Solutions Announces Partnership with California Academy of Family Physicians to Accelerate Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation in California

Arcadia Solutions Announces Partnership with California Academy of Family Physicians to Accelerate Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation in California

<0> Arcadia SolutionsGreg Chittim, 781-202-3600Director of Strategic MarketingorPAN CommunicationsNikki Festa, 617-502-4300 </0>

, a leading provider of data-driven healthcare transformation solutions, today announced a new partnership with the (CAFP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the specialty of family medicine in California and with longtime partner, the (CPCA), the statewide leader representing the interests of California community clinics and health centers and their patients focused on extending proven tools and support to CAFP members undertaking the transformation into a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The new partnership aims to transform primary care practices into Patient-Centered Medical Homes using Arcadia and CPCA’s Health Home Accelerator Program and will provide health systems with the most timely, efficient path to PCMH recognition with a target of reducing recognition time by 30 percent.

“As a leader in bringing the PCMH model of health care delivery to our state, the California Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to partner with Arcadia Solutions and the California Primary Care Association to support family physicians seeking to transform their practices,” said CAFP President Mark Dressner, MD. “We are excited to combine the expertise of our three organizations and lead the way to innovative PCMH transformation solutions. CAFP is assisting primary care physicians statewide in their goal of providing the very best care possible. Collaborating with these two organizations will create valuable transformation tools and methodologies that will accelerate the path to PCMH and create sustainable change in physicians’ practices.”

The standards set by the (NCQA) describe clear and specific criteria and give primary care practices information on how to best organize patient care, work in teams and track patient care over time. The PCMH model facilitates partnerships between patients and their physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. National health care reform legislation calls for implementation of the PCMH model of care, resulting in national and state payers, as well as government agencies, aligning reimbursement and grant requirements with PCMH recognition. With the NCQA PCMH program as the focus for improving primary care, this partnership will provide CAFP members with the tools necessary to expedite the transformation of primary care practices.

By combining tools and transformation expertise from Arcadia and CPCA, CAFP will provide their members with a full suite of tools and methodologies that will enable them to accelerate their path to PCMH. CAFP members will have access to Arcadia’s web-based PCMH Accelerator Portal, which guides providers through the process of transforming into a PCMH, as well as trained coaches with PCMH transformation expertise in many diverse clinical settings.

“Arcadia’s goal is to support provider organizations in delivering the highest quality of care, improving quality, and lowering total cost. Achieving practice transformation across the large, robust and diverse set of practices that are represented in the CAFP membership is a significant challenge. However, the reward is so much greater since we’re given the opportunity to be out in front in terms of creating Medical Homes for patients in California,” said Michael Meucci, Director of Transformation and Improvement at Arcadia Solutions.

Arcadia’s Patient Centered Medical Home Accelerator Portal is a web-based platform that combines efficient technology, a library of PCMH documentation guides, direct interface with NCQA, and hands-on clinical coaching to guide family physicians through the complex processes of practice transformation and NCQA recognition. The easy-to-use technology combined with experienced in-office practice coaches help practice teams develop a “Transformation Roadmap” tailored to the practice, outlining the steps necessary to efficiently transform and achieve NCQA recognition.

Using the practice-specific Transformation Roadmap as a guide, the Arcadia Accelerator Portal automatically tracks and reports practice progress in real-time providing visibility and allowing the team to stay on track. Coaches will be available on-site and virtually to support and drive transformation efforts to ensure the changes being implemented are timely, sustainable, and well-aligned with organizational objectives and NCQA standards.

“There is a great deal of synergy between CPCA and Arcadia that we recognized in our initial engagement in the development of the Accelerator Portal,” said Carmela Castellano Garcia, President and CEO of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA). “We are excited to continue working with them and putting these unique and powerful tools to work to begin reshaping healthcare in our state.”

The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) is the statewide leader and recognized voice representing the interests of California’s Community Clinics and Health Centers (CCHCs) and their patients. The association represents more than 900 not-for-profit CCHCs who provide comprehensive, quality health care services, particularly for low-income, uninsured and underserved Californians, who might otherwise not have access to health care. For more information about CPCA, please visit .

The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is the only organization solely dedicated to advancing the specialty of family medicine in the state. Since 1948, CAFP has championed the cause of family physicians and their patients. CAFP is critically important to primary care, with a strong collective voice of more than 8,500 family physician, family medicine resident and medical student members. CAFP is the largest primary care medical society in California and the largest chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Founded in 2002 and headquartered outside Boston, with offices in New York, Seattle, and Nashville, Arcadia Solutions is a nationally recognized, leading healthcare transformation consulting firm that engages with both payers and providers to deliver healthcare technology and services. Arcadia provides services in EHR Outsourcing and Consulting; Data Integration and Population Analytics; and Care Delivery Transformation and Coaching. With a focus on both healthcare provider and payer solutions, Arcadia has a unique cross-industry perspective using data to drive healthcare transformation by improving quality and lowering cost through the right blend of people, processes, technology, and strategy. For more information, visit .

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