ACP, NACHC join forces to help federally qualified health centers digitally prevail

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have found two more champions to trumpet their cause in the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), now that both organizations have declared their involvement in a national effort to assist such facilities at the systematic level.

The ACP’s Medical Home Builder 2.0 platform will now be offered to the FQHC sector at a discounted rate; FQHCs will also be granted access to the program’s online community as a means to support the NACHC Patient Centered Medical Home Institute.

“Assisting health centers in their transformation into patient-centered medical homes is a team effort,” said Donald L. Weaver, MD, chief medical officer, NACHC, in a news release. “This vital partnership with ACP brings tools and a supportive professional network to support improved care to underserved communities and vulnerable populations.”

The Medical Home Builder 2.0 interface employs 23 different modules in an effort convey quality, efficiency and cost-saving benchmarks most essential to implementing PCMHs. Each module is said to include the following:

  • Background information: an explanation of key principles, research and important concepts for members of the team.
  • Practice Biopsy: a self-assessment that covers the expectations of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), URAC, and the Joint Commission. The Practice Biopsy helps practices identify opportunities for improvement or validate efforts already undertaken.
  • Case Study: “How It Works in Practice” describes the efforts of a practice as it works through the findings generated through each module.
  • Module-specific Resource Library: each module's Resource Library includes relevant references, guides and sample policies in a variety of formats. The resources from each module are aggregated in a master Resource Library that now includes over 800 sources of information -- a virtual bookshelf to access at any time.
  • Reporting functions to help track progress over time, identify opportunities for improvement and compare practices.

According to ACP statistics, FQHCs serve as primary care outlets for 20 million patients in over 8,000 locations nationwide.

“We are pleased to offer these dedicated health care professionals a tool to identify opportunities to improve quality of care for underserved populations,” Michael S. Barr, MD, FACP, MBA, leader of ACP’s Medical Practice, Professionalism & Quality division, added. “Medical Home Builder 2.0 provides practice teams with a robust self-assessment tool to improve patient care, streamline fundamental business operations, and identify and implement key features of the patient-centered medical home.”

Find more about the FQHC allowances here.