Foothills Medical Group received Patient Centered Medical Home recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its patient centered, quality and coordinated care.
Earning PCMH recognition means those practices use a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care and patients’ experience and reduce costs. It also fosters partnerships between patients and their healthcare providers. Patients’ care includes coordinated treatment across the healthcare system.
FMG practices earning recognition were the Delevan Health Center and Salamanca Health Center in New York and Bradford Family Practice, Pediatric Associates of Bradford, Smethport Health Center, and Mt. Jewett Health Center in Pennsylvania.
“PCMH recognition is an important accomplishment and underscores our commitment to providing the very best care to our patients,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and chief executive officer, Upper Allegheny Health System, Bradford Regional Medical Center, Olean General Hospital. “I commend the FMG physicians, advanced level providers and the entire staff for their exceptional work in providing safe, quality patient care.
“Under the leadership of Jill Owens, MD, FMG medical director, Randi Jorgensen, director, practice management, FMG, Olean, and Sue Pascarella, director, practice management, FMG, Bradford, Patient Centered Medical Home status was achieved in just 18 months,” Finan said.
“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 these practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
Foothills Medical Group provides primary and specialty care for patients of all ages at offices in southwestern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania and is affiliated with Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital, member hospitals of the Upper Allegheny Health System and Kaleida Health facilities. For more information, visit www.myfmg.org.
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.