Michigan Health Specialists
Participation in Recognized Programs

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MHS has been accepted into several programs that reflect its commitment to delivering exceptional care to patients in ways that drive quality outcomes and access to services.

Patient Centered Medical Home Designation

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between people and their clinical care teams. Research shows that they improve quality, the patient experience and staff satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.

NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program is the most widely adopted Patient-Centered Medical Home evaluation program in the country. More than 12,000 practices (with more than 60,000 clinicians) are recognized by NCQA. And more than 100 payers support NCQA recognition through financial incentives or coaching.

The recognition MHS has received from NCQA for being designated as a PCMH means we have made a commitment to quality improvement within our practice and a patient-centered approach to care that results in patients that are happier and healthier.

Benefits for patients include:

  1. Stay healthy. Patients who are treated in PCMHs tend to receive preventive services and screenings at a higher rate than patients who are not in PCMHs, helping them stay healthy.
  2. Better communication. Communication with patients and their families/caregivers is a core concept of the PCMH model, which also emphasizes enhanced patient access to clinical advice and medical records.
  3. Better management of chronic conditions. According to research, PCMHs are especially helpful for patients with complex chronic conditions.
  4. Have a better experience. When medical home attributes are described to people, they say it is the type of care they want to receive.

CPC Plus Track One Approved

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is a national advanced primary care medical home model that aims to strengthen primary care through regionally-based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation. CPC+ includes two primary care practice tracks with incrementally advanced care delivery requirements and payment options to meet the diverse needs of primary care practices in the United States (U.S.).

CPC+ is a unique public-private partnership, in which practices are supported by 54 payers that provide practices with additional financial resources and flexibility to make investments, improve quality of care, and reduce the number of unnecessary services their patients receive.

CPC Plus positively impacts MHS patients

CPC+ seeks to improve quality, access, and efficiency of primary care. MHS as a CPC Plus participant will make changes in the way it delivers care, centered on key Comprehensive Primary Care Functions: (1) Access and Continuity; (2) Care Management; (3) Comprehensiveness and Coordination; (4) Patient and Caregiver Engagement; and (5) Planned Care and Population Health.

CPC+ provides MHS with a robust learning system, as well as actionable data feedback to guide its decision making. The care delivery redesign ensures MHS has the infrastructure to deliver better care, resulting in a healthier patient population.

SIM Participating Practice

The State Innovation Model (SIM) focuses on the development and testing of multi-payer health care payment and service delivery models in order to achieve better care coordination, lower costs, and improved health outcomes for Michiganders. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is implementing this initiative based upon the Blueprint for Health Innovation, which is a strategic plan that was developed in partnership with Michigan stakeholders. MDHHS received a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop and test the models that were outlined in the Blueprint for Health Innovation over the next four years. MDHHS will work with stakeholders to develop and test these models in the five pilot regions in Michigan: Jackson County; Muskegon County; Genesee County; Northern Region; and the Washtenaw and Livingston counties area.

SIM enhances access to services and depth of care

The participation of MHS in SIM benefits patients by providing them with access to care management services – the network of support that positively impacts health between clinical appointments and prescriptions. The care management team at MHS is comprised of providers, staff, and community partners all sharing a commitment to providing more in-depth, comprehensive care.

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