UCF REC Launches Patient Centered Medical Home Services


(Orlando, FL, October 10, 2013) The UCF Regional Extension Center has announced the launch of its Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition and transformation support services. The PCMH model focuses on improving healthcare by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered by strengthening the physician-patient relationship with coordinated team-based care.


“This is the future of healthcare, and the PCMH model has the potential to change how we think of primary care,” said Josue Rodas, executive director of the UCF REC. “Knowing that your doctor is better informed and coordinating your care with your other providers will greatly improve quality and health outcomes, while lowering costs,”  Rodas added.


Our current healthcare system is based on episodic care and is more reactive than proactive. Under the PCMH model, the emphasis is on prevention and care management. The UCF REC will provide organizational readiness assessments, assist practices with PCMH recognition requirements through an accrediting agency, and support practices through long-term transformation.


“We are honored to be able to support the evolving healthcare delivery models, and be part of the PCMH initiative with our PCMH-certified content specialists spearheading the team,” Rodas said. “Our customized approach will guide providers through the process with best practices that follow National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) requirements.”


Since 2009, the UCF REC has been at the forefront of healthcare transformation through Health IT, including the adoption and implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR), and achievement of meaningful use of EHRs. The PCMH model builds from that foundation of data management and coordinated care. Major insurers nationwide are also driving this transformation through payment model reform, emphasizing quality outcomes, increased access to care, and greater patient satisfaction.


The UCF Regional Extension Center is part of the UCF College of Medicine, and has helped more than 2,300 physicians transition to electronic health records. The center is one of 62 RECs established nationwide to help primary care providers adopt, implement and reach meaningful use of electronic health records.


Contact: Suhtling Wong, 407 309 4787 or email at swong@ucf-rec.org