National Patient Centered Medical Home designation recognizes high quality care
Milwaukee, Wis. - Twenty-one Aurora Health Care sites have achieved Level 3 recognition – the highest level available – as a Patient Centered Medical Home from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Clinics with Patient Centered Medical Home Status have been recognized for providing coordinated and consistent care to their patients.
Patient centered care is a critical component of an Accountable Care Organization. Aurora joined an Accountable Care Organization readiness collaborative in August 2010. Accountable Care Organizations are health care networks that include primary care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, home care, pharmacy and other services. This network works together to provide coordinated, high quality and cost effective health care.
Currently, there are 24 Aurora sites that have achieved Patient Center Medical Home recognition within the Aurora system, which was the first health system in Wisconsin to receive the Patient Centered Medical Home recognition and designation.
The following Aurora sites have recently achieved this recognition:
“The patient centered focus demonstrated by these designations has been an integral part of Aurora’s philosophy of care for many years,” said Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care. “This recognition exemplifies what we’ve been doing all along. And, it reinforces the fact that patients with primary care physicians have better care outcomes.”
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.
“This recognition is another example of our commitment to helping our patients live well and providing them with a better care experience than they can get anywhere else,” said Turkal. “It has always been our priority to keep our patients at the center of everything we do. The Patient Centered Medical Home recognition is an acknowledgement that we are meeting patient expectations and standards.”
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 Home 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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