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  • '10 Essential IT Tools' for Medical Homes Emphasize Connection

    Innovative, collaborative care models such as the patient-centered medical home depend on making connections not just within the practice but throughout the health care system and broader communities. The 10 "essential" tools for making these connections have been identified in a recent publication from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). An announcement of the report was featured in ModernHealthcare.com.

    According to the PCPCC, while medical homes offer the possibility for a coordinated and patient-focused continuum of care, in order to be truly effective, these models need to pay careful attention to making "population health connections." These connections touch on technologies that assist the system's health care professionals, patients, and the community at large. The PCPCC report identified 10 "essential" population health IT tools: Electronic health records, patient registries, a health information exchange, risk stratification systems, automated outreach, referral tracking, patient portals, telehealth/telemedicine capabilities, remote patient monitoring, and advanced population analytics.

    The patient-centered medical home concept has been an area of focus at APTA for some time. APTA has engaged in advocacy to ensure that physical therapists (PTs) have a voice in the development of medical home models, and has supported the development of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In addition, APTA offers a series of videos on collaborative care models, including a presentation on the PT's role in the medical home.

    APTA Nominations for National Office Due November 1

    Now's the time to reach out to colleagues you think will continue to provide APTA with strong, creative, and engaged leadership.

    The APTA Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations for the 2014 slate of candidates for the following positions: treasurer of the Board of Directors, speaker of the House of Delegates, 3 Board directors, and 2 Nominating Committee members.

    Use the online nomination form (NC1) to submit names of members who are ready and willing to be considered for the 2014 election cycle. Deadline is November 1.