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4 generations of medical innovation

Founded in 1911, Dominion Medical Associates (Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A.) has a long history of delivering excellent health care to its patients. In a recent case study, Director of Clinical Research Richard “AJ” Jackson Jr., MBA, CRC said, “My great-grandfather founded our practice, and through the generations we’ve been grateful to be able to maintain our independence and give back to the community.” Small but mighty With three physicians and one mid-level provider, the practice serves more than 20,000 active patients across two locations. Dominion Medical Associates uses Allscripts Professional™ Suite to participate in many innovative initiatives, typically only taken on by larger practices. For example: Value-based-care payment models – As health care shifts from fee-for-service to value-based-care payment models, Dominion Medical Associates can use existing data to adapt. It joined an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in 2014. It is also […]

Speeding past the farm fields of central Illinois, you’ll find the exit for Litchfield. The 7,000-person town is home to Litchfield Family Practice, an innovative rural health system that just achieved a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Certification from the NCQA.  It scored an impressive 97.5 out of a possible 100 points. In this video, the team at Litchfield Family Practice describes how it is advancing population health in a rural community.   “Small step” approach leads to success It all started in 2009, when Litchfield Family Practice and the local hospital, Hospital Sister’s Health System (HSHS), explored the medical home concept. “We felt the PCMH model was similar to the way that we were already practicing medicine,” said Daniel Wujek, MD. Litchfield is home to seven busy practices under one roof. While they had worked as a team […]

While primary care physicians always put patients first, their focus is intensifying as the healthcare industry makes the seismic shift to value-based care. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is one of a number of organizations that support the recognition of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) through a formal program. It aims to improve primary care by using standards that describe clear and specific criteria, which help practices organize care around patients, work in teams and track progress over time. Most everyone agrees that these are laudable goals. But the certification process strikes fear in the hearts of many well-intentioned practices. According to those who have achieved NCQA’s highest certification (Level 3), it may be easier than you think. Two experts — Barbara Johnson, nursing director at Elmwood Health Center in New York, and Deb Donovan, operations director at Derry […]