Greeley County Health Services Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care
NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through
WASHINGTON, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that Greeley County Health Services with clinics in Tribune and Sharon Springs, Kansas has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care. “I am very excited about the designation of PCMH Level 3 for GCHS. As we began to implement the policies and protocols, I came to see how the improvements in our ability to capture correct, relevant patient data are important to the delivery of the best care possible for our patients,” says Burlay Parks, GCHS Patient Care Coordinator. “This has truly shown us how we can implement positive changes for better patient care.”
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Greeley County Health Services has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Greeley County Health Services demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. Clinic Manager, Drew Zerr states, “This recognition is not only a measure of our organization’s growth and development in quality based measurement but also proof of our absolute commitment to excellent care for our patients.” NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.
To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.