The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that Maimonides Medical Center has received recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.
PCMH is a health care delivery system that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of care. The NCQA identifies practices which promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. The care of each patient is tended to by clinician-led care teams who provide for all the patient's health care needs and coordinate treatment.
To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Maimonides demonstrated the ability to meet the program's key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home. Key program components include:
- Written standards for patient access and enhanced communications
- Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information
- Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care
- Adaptation to patient's cultural and linguistic needs
- Use of information technology for prescriptions and care management
- Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
- Systemic tracking of referrals and test results
- Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance
To find a physician who is affiliated with a practice that is PCMH-recognized, visit the websites of these four Maimonides locations: