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16 Aurora sites receive national recognition for approach to careFriday, September 23, 2011
Patient-centered medical home designation recognizes high quality care
Milwaukee, Wis. - Sixteen Aurora Health Care sites have achieved level 3 recognition – the highest level available – as patient-centered medical homes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Clinics with patient-centered medical home status are recognized for providing coordinated and consistent care to patients.
Aurora was the first health system in Wisconsin to have a clinic receive this designation and now 51 have earned this status.
The following Aurora sites have recently earned this recognition:
The patient-centered medical home recognition acknowledges a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.
Specifically, a medical home is a model of care where each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician who leads a team responsible for a patient’s care. The physician-led care team is responsible for providing every patient’s health care needs and coordinating care across the health care system.
A medical home also emphasizes enhanced care through open scheduling, expanded hours and communication between patients, physicians and staff.
The NCQA recognition is built on evidence-based, nationally recognized clinical standards of care. The patient-centered medical home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.
There are very stringent criteria that must be met before a clinic receives the patient-centered medical designation from NCQA. Key elements of the evaluation include:
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical areas.
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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Contact: Phill Trewyn
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