An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is essential for a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice, both in obtaining recognition and more importantly in maintaining it. You can use your EHR to improve patient care, the efficiency of your practice, and the cost of care.
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There are multiple benefits to using an EHR, ranging from improving patient care through quality improvement to improving practice efficiencies and cost savings.EHR Benefits
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is a resource to support the adoption of health information technology across the entire health system. It seeks to improve healthcare by promoting nationwide health information exchange in order to improve health care.Health System Adoption of EHRs
Many EHRs can help you save time and money during the quality improvement process. EHRs can also make healthcare more convenient for providers and patients. Although each EHR system is unique, each system has tools to assist with quality improvement. Talk to your EHR vendor about the quality improvement tools that are available through your EHR.Improved Care Using EHRs
There is a growing nationwide focus on value and quality in the healthcare system, and clinicians now have access to incentives for practice transformation and care delivery. In this Playbook, you will find strategies, recommendations, and best practices to assist you in improving quality.Health IT Playbook
The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is a tool for continuous quality improvement. The goal of the PDSA cycle to test a change–by planning it, trying it, observing the results, and acting on what is learned.PDSA Cycles
There are several options for a practice interested in selecting a vendor. To help you learn about different EHRs and narrow your options before selecting an EHR vendor, you can use a vendor assessment. Click on the link below to learn more about the steps in choosing an EHR vendor.Choosing a Vendor
Many EHRs have the capability to provide reports and data required for NCQA PCMH recognition. Although it is not necessary to have a pre-validated EHR, NCQA provides a PCMH Vendor List to help practices meet PCMH program requirements with automatic credit. Find out if your EHR system is validated by NCQA for automatic credit toward PCMH criterion.Pre-validated Vendors
The ability to share your clinical quality measures may provide your practice with additional revenue. Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) are standardized performance measures from EHRs or health information technology systems. In the future, practices will have the option to submit eCQMs to NCQA in support of their recognition process.
You will be able to submit identified measures through your EHR systems, health information exchanges, qualified clinical data registries, and data analytics companies as long as those vendors use the electronic specifications defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the ambulatory quality reporting programs. More details about the data submission process to NCQA will be forthcoming.
Review case studies from practices in other states regarding successful implementation and use of EHR systems for PCMH requirements.
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You can find frequently asked questions about EHR definitions, implementation, and use on the healthIT.gov website.EHR FAQs
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