Kentucky REC Recognizes Providers at 7th Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit

By Kristi Lopez, UKNow

The Kentucky Regional Extension Center, based at the University of Kentucky, recently honored eight health care provider organizations for leading the charge to transform primary care in Kentucky.

The “Practice Transformation Award” was presented to members of Kentucky REC’s inaugural Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) cohort in recognition of their commitment to improving health care quality outcomes and cost. Recipients of the award were recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 16,at the 7th Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit in Louisville, which brings together parties invested in advancing Health Information Technology in Kentucky.

Sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information, the event draws hundreds from around the state who come to present ideas and listen to state and national leaders speak about new initiatives and opportunities in Health Information Technology.

Recipients were:

  • Bluegrass Community Family Practice – Bardstown
  • Central Internal Medicine – Lexington
  • Drs. Borders and Associates – Lexington
  • Family Medicine Clinic of Danville – Danville
  • Georgetown Pediatrics – Georgetown
  • Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky – Hazard
  • UK Family and Community Medicine – Lexington
  • UK HealthCare – Georgetown – Georgetown

These practices are working to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH Recognition. A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient’s lifetime to maximize health outcomes.

The PCMH practice is responsible for providing for all of a patient’s health care needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. This includes the provision of preventive services, treatment of acute and chronic illness, and assistance with end-of-life issues. The team members work collaboratively to provide high levels of care, access, communication, care coordination, integration and safety.

Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve experience of care for both the patient and provider.

Kentucky Regional Extension Center works with health care organizations to enhance the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care through the use of Health Information Technology. Kentucky REC is one of 60 Regional Extension Centers across the country commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator to help providers and hospitals transition to EHR technology. Kentucky REC Health IT Advisors provide resources and guidance to help providers earn federal incentives through the Meaningful Use Incentive Program.

To date, Kentucky REC is assisting more than 2,800 providers and more than a third of all Kentucky hospitals. Kentucky REC has helped providers in Kentucky secure over $100 Million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars. For more information about the Kentucky REC, visit  Follow @KentuckyREC on Twitter and connect on Facebook at.