Richmond, VA – Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners announced today that the practice has received Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This accolade is given to clinics and medical practices to acknowledge the use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. This is the highest level of certification a practice can achieve.
“We’re excited and proud to be recognized in this way,” says Ted Abernathy MD, pediatrician at Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners. “As a practice that emphasizes evidence-based, individualized care of patients and disease-specific interventions, this certification indicates that the NCQA has full confidence in our ability to meet its requirements.” Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners is one of the first pediatric offices in Virginia to achieve this recognition.
The recognition is valid for a period of three years, and is based on standards aligned with joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, to improve patients’ experience of care and to reduce costs.
The Medical Home concept was established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association. This model fosters ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system.
“Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve both patient- and provider-reported experiences of care,” says Scott Keel, MD, complex care coordinator at Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners. “Our aim it to make every encounter with our office a predictively positive experience.” On top of becoming a certified medical home, Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners is leading the way in some other areas of importance. They are combating adolescent suicide with the nation’s first suicide prevention screening project in coordination with the National Institute of Health. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in that age population. They are also working closely with VCU’s School of Social Work to embed two social work interns, within the practice, to assist their patients and families who experience barriers to good health care. “The approach to patient care is changing and we are excited to be leading the way” says Keel.
NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane agrees. “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. “Recognition shows that Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.
For more information please contact:
Pediatric and Adolescent Health Partners at (804) 794-2821.
From left: Stephanie Lizama, a senior social work major; Ted Abernathy. M.D., of Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners; and Sarah Presley, a second-year Master of Social Work student.