Brings to 16 Number of NCQA Recognized
The Primary Medical Center Staff: Gabriella Jordan; Awilda Alicea; Jeanine Rhodes; Jennifer Dipasquale, Nurse Manager, Ambulatory Clinics; (Center) Jessica Glaser, PCMH Organizer, Kaleida Health; Janet Suindquist, MD Attending Internal Medicine; Michael Sayeta.
Five Kaleida Health clinics including The Primary Medical Center at Buffalo General Medical Center; Hertel-Elmwood Internal Medicine; Hodge Pediatrics; Geriatric Center of WNY and Town Gardens Pediatrics are the latest Primary Care partners to earn Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2014 National Committee Quality Assurance (NCQA) Recognition – the Gold Standard for practice transformation.
These clinics join the following organizations that have been supported – to date — in the achievement of Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition by the Millennium Primary Care Team.
- Community Health Center of Buffalo
- ECMC Family Health Center
- ECMC Internal Medicine Clinic
- ECMC Grider Family Health Center
- Elmwood Health Center
- Olean Medical Group
- Rapha Family Medicine
- The Chautauqua Center
- The Resource Center
- The Heartbeat Center
- Universal Primary Care
In addition, TLC Health has submitted its survey and is awaiting a ruling from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
Lastly, we don’t want to forget the groups that are actively working hard to obtain PCMH Recognition! These primary care practices are:
- Foothills Medical Group
- Gayles Medical
- Lockport Pediatrics
- Northtown Medical
- Omega Family Health
- Sunrise Pediatrics
The achievement of Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition is a rigorous and time-consuming activity, sometimes taking over a full year of reporting and process/workflow transformation within a busy primary care office. All recognized primary care practices and their team members are highly commended for your ongoing efforts!
What Does It Mean To Be ‘PCMH’
What Does It Take?
The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults by facilitating partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.
The PCMH model can create greater value for patients, providers and payers. As patients are given better access to coordinated care, many factors that drive-up costs are impacted significantly including the increase of preventive services; improved immunization rates, decline in emergency department visits and in-patient hospitalizations, and overall decrease of health care costs.
According to Jillian Barone, Director of Ambulatory Service Transformation & Provider Engagement, Millennium Collaborative Care, “PCMH represents a way of providing comprehensive primary care for adults, youth and children that is focused on building partnerships between patients, their personal physicians and their families.”
On a more formal note, the criteria required to become PCMH consists of excelling in six key areas including: team-based care and practice organization; know and manage patients; patient-centered access and continuity; care management and support; care coordination and care transitions; and performance measurement and quality.
Since the Millennium Ambulatory Services Transformation Team was formally assembled in early 2016, it has provided PCMH consultative services to 14 partner organizations, including many that have multiple sites.
Overall, Millennium Collaborative Care is on target to have 100% of engaged safety net practices achieve 2014 PCMH Status by the end of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program Year 3 (March 31, 2018).