American College of Physicians and WellPoint Collaborate to Give Physicians the Tools They Need to Successfully Participate in

  American College of Physicians and WellPoint Collaborate to Give Physicians
  the Tools They Need to Successfully Participate in Medical Home Programs

ACP’s Medical Home Builder 2.0 helps physicians reach quality, efficiency and
   cost-saving benchmarks by adopting best practices for implementing PCMHs

Business Wire

PHILADELPHIA -- November 08, 2012

Physician practices in 14 states that participate in WellPoint’s affiliated
health plans’ patient-centered primary care programs will be eligible to have
licensed access, at no cost, to Medical Home Builder 2.0, an online
practice-management tool developed by the American College of Physicians

This online tool is just one of the many features physician practices may
benefit from by participating in the patient-centered primary care programs
which reward physicians – financially and through added resources and data
sharing – for coordinating all aspects of their patients’ care, making that
care more accessible and affordable while strengthening the doctor-patient

“By offering the Medical Home Builder as a valuable resource to physician
practices that take part in the patient-centered primary care programs, we can
promote additional improvements in the quality, outcomes and
cost-effectiveness of patient care,” said Doug Wenners, senior vice president
of Provider Engagement and Contracting for WellPoint. “We are pleased to work
with ACP on this effort as it underscores our commitment to equip clinicians
with the tools and resources to do what they do best: manage all aspects of
their patients’ care.”

The agreement between ACP and WellPoint will offer access to ACP’s Medical
Home Builder 2.0 for up to 20,000 clinicians.

“Medical Home Builder 2.0 helps primary care practices improve clinical
quality, streamline fundamental business operations, and identify and
implement key features of the patient-centered medical home,” said Michael S.
Barr, MD, FACP, MBA, who leads ACP’s Medical Practice, Professionalism &
Quality division.

Physician practices that use ACP’s Medical Home Builder 2.0 become part of an
online community of practices committed to improving patient care and
identifying office efficiencies. The web-based tool offers 23 self-paced
modules that address the key attributes and expectations of a patient-centered
medical home, improving clinical care, and practice management. Each learning
module includes:

  *Background information: an explanation of key principles, research, and
    important concepts for members of the team.
  *Practice Biopsy: a self-assessment that covers the expectations of the
    National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), URAC, and the Joint
    Commission. The Practice Biopsy helps practices identify opportunities for
    improvement or validate efforts already undertaken.
  *Case Study: “How It Works in Practice” describes the efforts of a practice
    as it works through the findings generated through each module.
  *Module-specific Resource Library: each module's Resource Library includes
    relevant references, guides, and sample policies in a variety of formats.
    The resources from each module are aggregated in a master Resource Library
    that now includes over 800 sources of information -- a virtual bookshelf
    to access at any time.
  *Reporting functions to help track progress over-time, identify
    opportunities for improvement and compare practices.

Participating physician practices will have access to Medical Home Builder 2.0
beginning in January 2013.

About the American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians ( is the largest medical
specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United
States. ACP members include 133,000 internal medicine physicians (internists),
related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the
prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on
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About WellPoint, Inc.

At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members’
health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and shareholders.
So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their
communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have more than 33
million people in our branded health plans, and approximately 64 million
people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue
Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross
licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado,
Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30
counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the
Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and
surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee
in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern
Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these
service areas, WellPoint’s plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue
Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas).
WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in
certain California, Arizona and Nevada markets through our CareMore
subsidiary. Our 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales
of contact lenses, eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional
information about WellPoint is available at


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