Focus-MD Introduces “Focus in Practice”

Focus-MD, the world’s largest network of medical clinics devoted to the care of ADHD and related disorders, announces the launch of FOCUS in Practice at next week’s American Academy of Pediatrics National Exhibition and Conference. CEO Todd Martin says that the additional approach arose out of feedback from pediatric practices and health care systems at previous AAP meetings. “They loved our concept of operationalizing the AAP Guideline for ADHD and wanted a process that would allow larger practices and systems to rapidly and efficiently improve the quality of their care around ADHD and its co-occurring conditions. Although we have opened individual practices in eight states and continue to offer primary care doctors the option of opening a standalone practice, we want to be able to offer a model of a Focus-MD clinic within an existing pediatric clinic. Our first FOCUS in Practice clinic will start seeing patients two days before the AAP NCE.”

James Wiley, MD, FAAP Founder and CMO of Focus-MD says the new model is exciting because it provides so many resources to existing pediatric practices. “The Institute of Medicine is on record that it takes seventeen years for guidelines to be implemented at the practice level. Kids with ADHD can’t keep waiting for us to catch up with the science and deliver the highest quality care. The Focus in Practice system can fully operationalize the AAP Guideline on ADHD in a practice in less than six months,” says Wiley. “Perhaps most importantly, we individualize that care for every patient.”

The system has been forged using quality improvement principles over more than eight years. “Because we are a collaborative network with the same ideal of practicing quality evidence-based medicine with compassion, we have been able to grow and accelerate improvement to the benefit of our patients.” Providers previously frustrated by everything that makes it hard to pay attention to ADHD have found the system comprehensive and efficient, allowing general pediatricians to develop a level of expertise and confidence to function as experts. “The most gratifying thing about the model is that the kids get better,” says Dr. Wiley. “But the second most gratifying thing for us is the quality of the pediatricians attracted to our model.”

The system also addresses the complicated practice management challenges faced by primary care physicians trying to address the needs of these patients. “We have understood from the beginning that there had to be a business case for this change,” says CEO Martin. “We have worked together to ensure that our providers can have the time and clinical resources to take great care of patients and at the same time generate enough revenue to make the practice financially successful.”

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