PPRNet - Primary (Care) Practices Research Network
PPRNet is a primary care practice-based learning and research organization designed to improve health care in its member practices while conducting research important for the entire primary health care system. Established in 1995, PPRNet links practices across North America in its work which has led to revitalization of primary care practices, sustained federal research funding, numerous publications, and national recognition. All PPRNet practices use Electronic Health Records (EHR); many long-time members were pioneers in EHR use.
PPRNet has 3 primary aims:
- To turn EHR data into actionable information for clinicians and practice staff.
- To empirically test theoretically sound primary care quality improvement interventions.
- To disseminate interventions that improve primary health care.
PPRNet achieves these aims by:
- Providing practice and provider performance reports and patient registries on 62 evidence-based clinical quality measures.
- Conducting quality improvement research projects in which research team members work on-site with practices to help improve care.
- Hosting national meetings and webinars to share “best practices” for implementing PPRNet findings into practice.
- Publishing our findings in peer-reviewed, high quality journals and through widely accessible web-based tools.
Many practices have leveraged their participation in PPRNet to receive Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition, receive Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and other value-based payment incentives, and satisfy continuing medical education and specialty maintenance of certification requirements. PPRNet practices report rediscovering the joy of medicine, improved practice morale and staff retention, and deep gratification from working and learning with their colleagues across the U.S. and Canada.
PPRNet can serve to meet the public health reporting objective for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals, under Measure Option 3 – Specialized Registry Reporting. PPRNet receives electronic data generated from certified EHRs through a secure data upload on our web portal and uses the data to improve population health outcomes through quality reporting and quality improvement activities. Eligible Professionals that elect to use PPRNet to meet this objective must be actively engaged with PPRNet. Active engagement for a provider means that he/she is a PPRNet member in good standing or joined PPRNet within 60 days of the start of the EHR reporting period, have submitted clinical summary/transition of care documents data in ccda format for appropriate testing and validation, and are regularly submitting data extracts from the EHR to PPRNet (production data) .