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TransforMED Improves Change Readiness Survey Tool for Patient-Centered Medical Home Primary Care Model
[February 15, 2013]

TransforMED Improves Change Readiness Survey Tool for Patient-Centered Medical Home Primary Care Model

LEAWOOD, Kan., Feb 15, 2013 ( via COMTEX) -- A new, streamlined Change Readiness Survey by TransforMED, an expert in Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) transformation and medical neighborhood development, aims to make it easier and faster to measure a medical practice team's ability to manage and sustain the changes necessary for successful transformation to a PCMH.

Developed and refined based on TransforMED's work in more than 1,500 medical practices nationwide, the Change Readiness Survey (CRS) is one element of an end-to-end practice assessment process TransforMED facilitators use to clarify and achieve practice transformation goals.

The newly released version of the TransforMED Change Readiness Survey consists of just 36 questions, fewer than half the number contained in the original instrument. While the length was trimmed substantially, validity testing by statisticians ensured that the retained questions are valid for both staff and leadership groups, and that all survey items demonstrate a significant contribution to the total score.

"Practices recognize that primary care transformation has become a necessity for survival, but their staff is already pressed for time," said Bruce Bagley, MD, interim president and CEO of TransforMED. "A shorter survey is not only easier and faster to complete; it sets the pace for a quicker start to the process - and successful implementation - of practice transformation." The Change Readiness Survey assesses the entire practice - physicians, nurse practitioners, practice managers, and clinical and office staff - in five areas critical to successful PCMH transformation: Leadership Teamwork Change Communication Work Satisfaction Influencing Others "Slowly but surely our healthcare system is becoming more accountable and efficient - paying for value as measured in better patient health," said Blake Williamson, MD, MS, Healthplan Specialist at TransforMED. "In this environment, payers, hospital systems and government agencies will need to quickly identify and align those high-performing practices that are ready to make and sustain the changes that will ultimately provide better care at lower costs. Practices identified as lacking in change capacity can then be targeted for the appropriate interventions to bring them into alignment with strategic goals." ### About TransforMED The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2005, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians looking to transform their practices to a new model of care that is based on the concept of a Patient-Centered Medical Home. TransforMED is an active member of primary care communities, and recognizes and supports the unique value that primary care offers to patients and the health care system. TransforMED shares and supports the idealism and altruism of primary care physicians and the strong commitment to their communities and patients through continuing patient relationships and independent decision making. TransforMED offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the patient centered medical home model. To learn more about TransforMED, visit Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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