National Center for Quality Assurance Recognizes Three St. Joseph Health Clinics as Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes
The National Center for Quality Assurance has recognized St. Joseph Health Primary Care clinics at Barron Road, West Villa Maria and Austin’s Colony as Level 3 PCMHs, for use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes focused on highly-coordinated care.
Level 3 is the highest-level recognition a PCMH can achieve, demonstrating strong or improved performance in a combination of triple aim measures through participation in a NCQA-approved regional collaborative or national measurement initiative.
The NCQA PCMH is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care and patients’ experience of care and to reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians.
Research shows 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 Barron Road, West Villa Maria and Austin’s Colony clinics demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements. NCQA standards are 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.
About the National Center for Quality Assurance: NCQA is a private, non-profit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.
About St. Joseph Health Primary Care: Across more than one dozen clinics situated throughout the Brazos Valley, St. Joseph Health Primary Care offers convenient office hours and same-day appointments for patients and their families. Primary Care is an integral part of St. Joseph Health’s continually growing medical group, which includes specialties in major disciplines like Cardiology, ENT, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and more. For more information, visit www.chistjoseph.org/services/primary-care.
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