Six Kettering Physician Network Practices Earn National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care
Story by Elizabeth Long
Six Kettering Adventist HealthCare Physician Network Primary Care practices have received the National Committee for Quality Assurance (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 following Kettering Physician Network Primary Care practices received PCMH Recognition:
· CenterMed, Centerville
· Congress Park, Centerville
· Helena Duque Pages, MD, Xenia
· Latha Venkatesh, MD, Xenia
· Sycamore Family Medicine, Miamisburg
· Sycamore Internal Medicine, Miamisburg
The NCQA PCMH 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.
To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, the Kettering Physician Network primary care practices demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the PCMH established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.
“This is quite a remarkable achievement for these primary care practices,” says David Doucette, MD, chief medical officer for Kettering Physician Network. “The Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition is a major achievement in our journey of redesigning primary care. The transformation of our practices to patient-centered medical homes benefits our patients now and for a long time to come.”
To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org