DALLAS, TEXAS – May 15, 2015 - Dr. Edward Bujold, MD, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer for KPN Health, was published in the May/June 2015 Annuals of Family Medicine.
Dr. Bujold’s article, When Practice Transformation Impedes Practice Improvement, is a personal reflection on the time-intensive patient-centered medical home (PCMH) requirements for certification based on his solo family practice in rural western North Carolina. He calls on the certifying bodies to rethink their process – especially since payers and systems are “dishing out cruel and unusual financial punishment to excellent practices that simply don’t have the right certificates.”
The article sites several lessons learned from his experience in getting PCMH Level 3 and Meaningful Use Stage 2 certified including:
1. A recommendation for the PCMH certification process to be restructured and a NCQA analyst assigned to each practice to help with the certification process.
2. Utilize health care management students from local college and community colleges to provide onsite work to help with the certification process.
3. Participate in a clinical integration network (CIN) or accountable care organization (ACO) since they provide additional support in information technology, contracting, and business / management issues.
Governmental and nongovernmental certifying bodies should work together so that the requirements for one are applicable to the other.