NCQA 2 9WASHINGTON, D.C. (2/9/18) — The National Committee for Quality Assurance today announced that Health First Community Health Center has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

"Only one in six primary care physicians in America practices in an NCQA-Recognized practice," said Jennafer Chandler-Jerger, HFCHC Chief Administrative Officer and Marketing Director. "We are proud to be part of an elite group that has demonstrated its commitment to advancing quality in health care."

The PCMH is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between people and their clinical care teams. Research shows that they improve quality, the patient experience and staff satisfaction, while reducing health care costs.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster 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 patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“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 Health First has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Health First demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards 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. Only one in six primary care physicians in America practices in an NCQA-Recognized practice. Health First is among an elite group that has demonstrated its commitment to advancing quality in health care.

To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org.

About NCQA
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.

About HFCHC
Health First Community Health Center is a non-profit organization and a federally qualified health center. Our mission is to serve as a focal point in the region for increasing access to primary care service and improving the health status of the residents in the communities we serve and the target population who are underserved.

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