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July 9, 2012 No Comments

SOURCE: Acardia Solutions

Arcadia and CPCA enroll first 150 providers into Patient-Centered Medical Home Accelerator Program to drive quality while reducing the overall cost of care

BURLINGTON, MA (July 9, 2012) — Arcadia Solutions, a leading provider of data-driven Health IT solutions, announced today it has launched a partnership with the California Primary Care Association (CPCA), the statewide leader and recognized voice representing the interests of California community clinics and health centers and their patients.  The new partnership will transform primary care practices into Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) with its 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 thirty percent.

Healthcare reform legislation requires the implementation of the PCMH model of care. With the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) PCMH program as the focus for improving primary care, this partnership will expedite the process while transforming primary care practices.  The standards set by 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. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it.

To simplify this process and help providers receive incentives offered by the NCQA, Arcadia Solutions and CPCA have developed a cloud-based tool, called the Health Home Accelerator, which guides providers through the process of transforming into a PCMH. Arcadia Solutions and the CPCA have bundled this product with standardized clinical coaching focused on aiding practices through the process of receiving NCQA recognition and driving sustainable health home transformation to deliver improved care quality and outcomes.

“Following a year of development, we’re excited to partner with Arcadia Solutions to provide a program and service for providers looking to transform their practices into PCMHs,” said Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO of the California Primary Care Association. “We have 150 providers committed to this program and intend to support all 900 of our member clinic sites to achieve recognition over the next five years. It’s important for us to help providers across California build and sustain successful medical homes, which this program accomplishes.”

The Health Home Accelerator Program helps large organizations, like primary care providers, health plans and physician associations rapidly enroll practices onto an accelerated track toward becoming a PCMH.   By adopting a standardized approach to medical home transformation, the product makes PCMH scalable through a consistent enrollment and baseline assessment process and task-level tracking for practice transformation activities.  This will support clinicians in focusing on care delivery, by accelerating the recognition process and by providing the tools and templates needed to report on their progress for the NCQA standards. The product also has tracking and measurement capabilities to assess the status of the program in real time.

“Our goal has been and will continue to be 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 make up the CPCA 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 Andrew Principe, VP, Healthcare Solutions, Arcadia Solutions. “The expertise that CPCA brings to the table makes this a very exciting partnership for both entities.  We truly value their thought leadership and guidance and are excited to be announcing this partnership.”

About CPCA
The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) is the statewide leader and recognized voice representing the interests of California community clinics and health centers and their patients. CPCA represents more than 900 not-for-profit community clinics and health centers (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, visit www.cpca.org.

About Arcadia Solutions
Arcadia Solutions is a nationally recognized, leading healthcare consulting firm that engages with both payers and providers to design, implement, and manage healthcare information technology (Health IT) infrastructure and applications. Since 2002, Arcadia’s focus on data-driven solutions has allowed clients to more efficiently and cost-effectively manage their information through the right blend of people, processes, technology, and strategy. For more information, visit www.arcadiasolutions.com.

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