FP Essentials™

Practice Improvement

Edition #395 | April 2012

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  • Describe the steps involved in gaining recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH).
  • Cite aspects of payment reform needed to sustain PCMH efforts.
  • Summarize the standards and examples of must-pass elements needed to become NCQA-recognized.
  • Cite key features of information management systems that can make information available at the point of care.
  • Summarize options for and reasons to use electronic prescribing.
  • Describe the PICO (Patient/population, Intervention, Control/comparison, Out-come) method for increasing precision in asking and answering clinical questions.
  • Cite factors to consider when selecting the best electronic health record (EHR) system for each physician’s office.
  • Describe the features within an EHR system that can improve provision of preventive services and quality of care.
  • Summarize the potential benefits and limitations of patient portals.
  • Summarize the feature options of patient portals.
  • Cite HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements for data security with patient portals.

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