The recognition comes from the Patient Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.
“The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, National Committee for Quality Assurance president.
O’Kane furthered, “PCMH Recognition shows that St. Martin Parish Community Health Center has the tools, systems, and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”
To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, the center demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key embodying characteristics of the medical home. The standards are aligned with the joint principles of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.
The center has met the following program criteria:
•Written standards for patient access and continuity of care.
•Use of patient feedback materials.
•Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information.
•Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventative care for individual patients and for the entire patient population.
•Adaptation to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs.
•Use of information technology for prescriptions, test and referral tracking and coordination with other health care providers.
•Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions.
•Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance.
To find clinicians and their practices that have been recognized by the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 program, visit recognition.ncqa.org. For further information, contact NCQA Customer Support at 1-888-275-7585.