In the 1990s, consultants advised medical practices on implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Then they helped make sure doctors weren't ruined by Y2K, and—years later—they advised clients on becoming meaningful users of health information technology.
Today, experts stand ready to advise physicians on transforming their practices into patient-centered medical homes: A practice model that emphasizes care coordination, increased access and enhanced doctor-patient communication, all with an emphasis on continuous quality improvement. To identify the experts who are legitimate, the National Committee for Quality Assurance now offers PCMH Content Expert Certification.
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