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CareFirst BCBS and ACP offer new tool to advance development of patient-centered medical homes
Date:1/4/2012

Baltimore, MD CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) today announced that it has joined with the American College of Physicians (ACP) to make available the ACP's Medical Home Builder 2.0 (MHB 2.0) tool to participating CareFirst Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices. The ACP developed MHB 2.0 as an online tool to help physician practices improve patient care, organization, and workflow. CareFirst is making the MHB 2.0 tool available at no cost to primary care practices participating in its PCMH program to help them improve their ability to provide coordinated, more efficient care.

"We have well over 3,000 primary care providers participating in our PCMH program," said CareFirst President and Chief Executive Officer Chet Burrell. "As part of this effort, we are providing participating practices with online tools and information never before available to help them provide care in a way that can improve quality and reduce costs over time. By working with ACP, we are making available yet another resource to PCMH physicians, nurse practitioners and office staff to improve the delivery of patient care."

The ACP is a national organization of internists physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. The organization's MHB 2.0 is an online tool designed to help large and small PCMH practices improve patient care.

"ACP is very pleased to be collaborating with CareFirst in support of the PCMH program," said Michael S. Barr, Senior Vice President, Medical Practice, Professionalism and Quality Improvement for the ACP. "We look forward to interacting with practices through eight regional meetings and a series of webinars being organized to reinforce some of the practice change concepts advanced through the Medical Home Builder."

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Contact: David Kinsman
dkinsman@acponline.org
202-261-4554
American College of Physicians
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