Check out the community health center’s release on earning the National Committee on Quality Assurance award.
The National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) has notified Hudson River HealthCare that Level 3 recognition has been awarded under the NCQA Physician Practice Connections® Patient-Centered Medical Home™ program – the highest level of quality health care for its health centers in the Hudson Valley. “This is the highest level of recognition available under the program, and we are so proud to receive this acknowledgement of the work we do every day,” remarked Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, President & CEO of Hudson River HealthCare. “We are really so proud that our physicians provide the quality care and that our patients have the opportunity to get excellent services in the Hudson Valley right in their community.”
Hudson River HealthCare joins just ten other practices, including two other Community Health Centers in the Hudson Valley, in this achievement. There are currently only four centers in all of New York State that have achieved this level of recognition. The 11 practices that have achieved NCQA Level 3 PCMH recognition received guidance and technical assistance through the Hudson Valley Medical Home Project, an initiative spearheaded by Taconic IPA and the Taconic Health Information Network and Community.
“This achievement demonstrates the commitment Hudson River HealthCare has made not only to meeting the highest standards in primary care delivery, but also to each patient it serves,” said A. John Blair III, MD, president of Taconic IPA. “NCQA medical home recognition is evidence that the practice is working to help patients better manage their own chronic health conditions and using health information technology effectively. They take a team approach to care and provide expanded access to care. Hudson River HealthCare has redesigned how it works to better serve its patients.”
NCQA’s program recognizes the work done in providing access to appointments, management of patients with chronic disease and ongoing quality improvement. The Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians and, when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Osteopathic Association and others, which assess whether physician practices are functioning as medical homes. Building on the joint principles developed by the primary care specialty societies, standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care management processes.
Founded in 1975, Hudson River HealthCare is a network of sixteen community health centers located throughout the Hudson Valley and in Greenport, Long Island. HRHCare provides the highest quality, affordable medical, dental and behavioral health services to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Many insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus are accepted, and a sliding scale is available to those without insurance, with fee based on family size and income. For more information about the quality programs offered by Hudson River HealthCare, or to locate a Health Center nearby, call toll free 1-877-871-4742.