By Harold Ambler
By Harold Ambler
WASHINGTON – The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently announced that Wood River Health Services has received Recognition from the Physician Practice Connections – Patient-Centered Medical Home program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term participative relationships.
The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of health care delivery that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of care. The model identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits.
Each patient’s care is tended to by clinician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient’s health care needs and coordinate treatments across the health care system.
Medical home clinicians demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including open scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health information systems. Early evaluations of the program have shown promising results in improving care quality and lowering costs by increasing access to more efficient, more coordinated care. By avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits and using evidence-based treatment guidelines, these early results are producing savings for payers, purchasers and patients.
“The patient-centered medical home promises to improve health and health care,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, National Committee for Quality Assurance president. “The active, ongoing relationship between a patient and a clinician in medical homes fosters an all-too-rare goal in care: staying healthy and preventing illness in the first place.”
To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Wood River Health Services demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home. The standards are aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.