PULASKI, NY – The National Committee for Quality Assurances (NCQA) announced that Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. (NOCHSI) of Pulaski, has received Level III (highest) Recognition from the Physician Practice Connections – Patient Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) program for using evidenced-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.
The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a promising model of health care delivery that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of care.
PPC-PCMH 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 PPC-PCMH 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, these early results are producing savings for payers, purchasers and patients.
“The patient-centered medical home is a significant step toward improving the community’s health,” says NOCHSI’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Carguello. “The active, ongoing relationship between a patient and a clinician in medical homes is key to staying healthy and preventing illness in the first place. According to Daniel Dey, NOCHSI’s CEO, PPC-PCMH Recognition shows that Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. has tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care at the right time.”
To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Northern Oswego County 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 Physician, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.
Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. met key program components in the areas of 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; Systematic tracking of referrals and test results; measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance.
NOCHSI operates the Pulaski Health Center at 61 Delano St. in Pulaski and school-based health centers located in the APW, Pulaski and Sandy Creek school districts.
The Pulaski Health Center is a family-oriented health care practice that provides Northern Oswego and Southern Jefferson County residents with a variety of comprehensive health care and related services.
The center is accredited through The Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). All major insurances are accepted, and a sliding fee scale discount program is available for eligible patients.
For additional information on the services provided through Pulaski Health Center contact 298-6564 or visit www.pulaskihealthcenter.org