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PPRNet - Primary (Care) Practices Research Network

"Through our affiliation with PPRNet, we have learned to get the most out of our EHR. We have structured our practice to achieve quality results in the care we provide. Consequently, when we are challenged to meet PQRS quality reporting, it is a cakewalk. When the 'Meaningful Use' surveyor comes around, he tells us that we are way beyond where we need to be."
-Family Medicine Practice, WI

"Last night we learned that our practice earned PMCH II recognition. In addition, we earned Diabetes Recognition by NCQA and Diabetes Recognition by BTE as well as HTN recognition by BTE. This was possible with the help of PPRNET."
-Internal Medicine Practice, TX

"The most powerful part of our current EMR experience is PPRNet.  If you agree that the future of healthcare is going to be an intense focus on quality and outcomes then PPRNet is where  healthcare is going.  PPRNet is working on a logarithmic scale above any competing quality reporting program to my knowledge and interfaces in such a way as  to lead to documented practice improvement."
-Oscar Lovelace, MD, Lovelace Family Medicine, PA  

"Medical informatics has an ever increasing emphasis on integrated delivery systems and the most important part of these systems is improving our collective ability to provide quality medical care which improves the outcomes of those we serve.  PPRNET does exactly that.  Besides giving us individual feedback on our own quality initiatives, PPRNet provides a network of “best practices” and support for quality improvement within our own organizations.  The research arm of PPRNET has benefited, not only our own practice, but practices nationwide as study results have been published on such important areas as Medication Safety, Alcohol Screening for At-Risk Drinking and Judicious Use of Antibiotics."
-Robert E. Barnett, MD, Family Medicine Practice

"PPRNET reports are a gold mine of information. You can easily drill down to find the patients who need a vaccination. The ability to compare providers across certain measures is already done for me, and PQRS data is already being collected for me for reporting purposes. There is also a culture of quality that exists by using PPRNET, as in the separate conferences, the sharing of best practices, and the paradigm shifting research that is changing the face of American health care."
-Jamie Loehr, MD, Cayuga Family Medicine

"PPRNET has been invaluable as a resource for CQI, instrumental in our being a best practice for a number of years, and helping us qualify for Meaningful Use Stage I. They have been unique in providing accurate timely QA information- in a serial format to see progress and compare against national standards, as well as a provide a dynamic chronic disease registry that allows proactive action to be pursued"
-Matthew White, MD,  FAAFP, Lakewood. WA

"All of our physicians were able to successfully complete PQRS reporting this past month using the ABFM website and PPRNet PLR. It took about 3-4 hours total per MD (most time spent recording the pateint-identified data onto backup paper forms from the ABFM for future audits and recording the data on the website). It is difficult to imagine collating the data without the PPRNet reports. Very helpful if not essential. Kudos and thanks to Steve and his team for having the foresight to add this to the reports."
-Michael Maxwell, MD, Family Medicine of Port Angeles

"The practice physicians in PPRNet do not rely solely on government generated guidelines, which are often out of touch with current data, but focus on the latest evidence in generating meaningful, patient centered reports. PPRNet provides data that actually is meaningful and useful, and in capturing performance will increase practice revenues that health management systems and ACO’s so depend on.  Patient Level Reports are only a small part of the strength of PPRNet.  PPRNet does Practice-based research.  Through its ongoing research, PPRNet transforms both physician behavior and improves patient outcomes.  PPRNet's work has been praised by such influential organizations as AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research), which is instrumental in shaping policy requirements in this rapidly changing landscape."... "After a busy day of seeing patients , we can focus on changes the reports show are needed most.  No need to hire staff to run or analyze these reports – again saving us money.  Such cost savings are huge in the declining fiscal climate of primary care.  Finally, because the reports are quarterly, easy to obtain and review, they allow us to specifically tailor our patient care in real time."
-Kathryn A. Dreger, MD and R. Michael Amedeo, MD, Advanzed Health Care

"PPRNet has been a game changer for us on our quality journey.  We had been getting the quality reports quarterly and loved them but found we needed more.  We needed the ability to get that data monthly to help us facilitate a more proactive approach in care management.  After several failed attempts to get the data other ways, I was having a conversation during an onsite visit with PPRNet and was told, maybe there is something we can do to help.  Within probably a week or two, Steve had contacted me letting me know how they could help.  For a very reasonable fee they are able to provide us monthly data, that has helped us focus on areas we identified as opportunities for improvement, and allowed us to be more proactive.  We greatly appreciate all the time and effort PPRNet has spent in helping practices like us improve the quality of care we can provide to our patients.  We seriously don’t know what we would do without them.  So PPRNet, hats off to you!  We appreciate all you do for us. "   
-Stephanie Hollman, Outpatient Clinical Officer, Crete Area Medical Center

"Salina Family Healthcare Center has been a PPRNet member for just under four years now. As a federally-qualified community health center, we have reporting requirements to our funding agencies. These clinical outcome reports are doable in Practice Partner, but time consuming. The PPRNet reports have saved our clinic about a week’s worth of staff time in reporting these clinical outcomes over the last 3 quarters that we have reported to the federal government. I look forward to using PPRNet reports to an even greater degree in the future for quality improvement in our clinic and see PPRNet as an integral part of the patient-centered medical home model."
-Robert Kraft, MD, Associate Director, Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program

"I'd recommend the custom reports to anyone and everyone! If half the stuff I have to do was as easy to set up my work day would be so much less stressful. I think the custom monthly reports have elevated the PPRNet data to a truly actionable item list. My practice works directly off the PPRNet report. It is our worklist. Before the custom monthly reports, I used the PPRNet data as a more general roadmap to quality improvement activities because there was a bit of a delay in data collection and reporting. Now, completely different and the data is more robust than I could ever create with PP reports (Crystal or Patient Inquiry) and I have a LOT of experience with Crystal reporting."
-Mike Mignoli, MD, Mike Mignoli Internal Medicine

"PPRNet has been essential to our practice navigating through the alphabet soup that has come our way.  Their reports have be instrumental in us completing PCMH, CPCI, PQRI, MCMP. MU and several others.  The customized monthly reports have really brought our practice together and helped our sense of teamwork and enhanced our sense of accomplishment as we improve the health of our patients."
-Robert Cowherd, MD, PhD,  Cowherd Family Medical Center

"The processes that we have instituted over the years, mainly utilizing PPRNET education, PLR reports, Practice Reports (the graphs), helps us focus on quality indicators that we need to improve on. Also the research projects we have been involved in have helped either directly or cross fertilize the team's knowledge and ability to improve our quality data in many other areas. So, it is so much more than the "reports" - the PPRNet model in general works for us when it comes to improving our incentives!”
-Tim Tobolic, MD, Byron Family Medicine

 "Being involved in PPRNet has reenergized our practice. Having real data to look at that tells us where we are doing well and what we need to work on is extremely valuable, plus the PPRNet improvement model really works."
-Sue Andrews, MD, Family Practice Partners

"We are now in our 7th year as members of PPRNet and have found it to be very valuable for both resident education and quality improvement. We have shared our data in the extensive measures collected in diabetes with the Cedar Valley Area Diabetes Task Force that has met for 14 years to foster education and quality improvement. This over all data has also allowed us to successfully participate in the Collaboration on Quality(COQ) program that Wellmark(BCBS) has had the past 3 years in Iowa and South Dakota, which is a “pay for performance” project. It has also given us the data we need to structure educational programs based on documented need, both in CME planning and for resident educational conference. The individual patient level data is very helpful both in tracking needed patient appointments and tests and individual provider feedback through the “patient registry” function. Each quarter our Quality Improvement Committee reviews the PPRNet data and structures 3 or 4 new goals based on perceived and documented areas for attention. Thanks for the opportunity to work with you at MUSC that operate PPRNet ."
-John E. Sutherland, M.D,Executive/Program Director Emeritus (Retired), NE Iowa Medical Education Foundation/FM Residency



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