BCS Clinic Recognized for Second Year as Patient-Centered Medical Home
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized our BCS Clinic as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for the second year in a row.
Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology, and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.” This recognition shows that HealthPoint’s BCS Clinic has the tools, systems, and resources to provide its patients with the proper care at the right time.”
What This Means for Patients
- Together with the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program, the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and others are considered.
- It assesses whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts.
- The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication, and patient involvement.
Who is the National Committee for Quality Assurance?
The National Committee for Quality Assurance points the way to health care that science says works. Above all, they study how well health plans and doctors provide scientifically recommended care. Most importantly, they dedicate their time to identifying organizations that make your health care better. NCQA’s work has saved thousands of lives. They have helped millions of people stay healthy and subsequently saved the country billions of dollars. Before the formation of the NCQA, health care operated in the “dark.” In 1990, they achieved their status as a non-profit. To summarize, they are dedicated to “turning on the lights” in the health care industry.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization that improves health care quality
The National Committee for Quality Assurance accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. Additionally, they manage the evolution of HEDIS®. Moreover, this performance measurement tool gets used by more than 90 percent of the nation’s health plans. NCQA uses measurement, transparency, and accountability to highlight top performers in their fields and drive improvement. Since the early 1990’s they have measured and accredited health plans, their website says the following, “Since 2008, our mission has brought us closer to where care is delivered. We’ve grown to measure the quality of medical providers and practices. Most of our employees work on HEDIS and our Accreditation, Certification, and Recognition programs. Government and private sector clients hire us through contracts and grants to help them measure and improve quality.” A Board of Directors governs their actions, including employers, consumers, health plans, quality experts, and representatives from organized medicine.
Why a Patient-Centered Medical Home is Important
The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront. Research shows that PCMHs improve quality and the patient experience and increase staff satisfaction—while reducing health care costs. As a result, PCMHs build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams. Practices that earn recognition have committed to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.
How BCS Clinic is Different
While these characteristics are not unique to PCMHs, having them in one clinic ensures the best care for you and your family.