Whether you are a primary care or specialist physician, in solo practice or part of a group, it is a challenging time to practice medicine. Regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C., patients, insurers and Medicare will be looking for quality, rewarding value and demanding technology solutions.
Carroll PHO is a collaboration among physicians and Carroll Hospital Center (CHC) that focuses on care coordination and health information sharing and solutions. This is a new organization, led by physicians, designed to solve large and complex challenges that frustrate physicians and their offices. Nationally, PHOs have withstood tests by both the Department of Justice and anti-trust lawsuits, and have been found uniquely effective in delivering better care at lower costs in a manner that also improves the economic health of participating physician practices.
If you’d like to learn more about what the Carroll PHO can do for you and your patients, read our frequently asked questions
, membership orientation presentation
or call 410-871-6502 to schedule time with one of our representatives to discuss next steps.
Benefits of Participation in a PHO
Carroll PHO is incorporated under Carroll County Med Services and is led by a 15-member Board of Directors consisting of physicians as well as administrative representatives from CHC and Carroll Health Group. In addition, the Board has three working committees: Quality and Clinical Coordination, Finance and Payor Relationships and Information Technology.
Membership is free and open to physicians practicing in Carroll County and adjacent communities. Members will agree to attend an orientation and annual meeting, participate in the approved clinical programs of the PHO and support the extraction of data relevant to the clinical program. Member physicians and their office managers will need to act on e-mail communications from the PHO.
Current use of an electronic medical record (EMR) is not required; and in addition, limited support for EMR deployment and Health Information Exchange (HIE) interfaces will likely be available through the hospital (separate of the PHO) to members of the medical staff.
PHO members are not required to be members of the CHC Medical Staff. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants cannot individually be members of Carroll PHO, but can participate in the clinical program through the membership of their physicians and their practice.
PHO committees will need the leadership of engaged and thoughtful members, and members are encouraged but not required to nominate themselves for committees. Board and committee members receive a stipend for their time and effort.
We hope you’ll join us in this collaborative effort to develop innovative protocols and work processes. Working together, we will all be better prepared to handle the next phase of health care and provide our patients with more effective and efficient care in the process.