TBHC's Family Medicine Center Receives National Recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) Family Medicine Center has received the highest level of Recognition from the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Program for using evidence-based, patient centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.
“We are very proud that TBHC’s Family Medicine Center has received this prestigious recognition,” said Richard B. Becker, MD the hospital’s President and CEO, “The Patient Centered Medical Home is a model of health care delivery that aims to improve the quality and efficiency of care, key goals in our efforts to keep Brooklyn healthy.”
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.
“The patient-centered medical home promises to improve health and health care,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “The active, ongoing relationship between a patient and a clinician in medical homes fosters an all-too-rare goal in care: staying healthy and preventing illness in the first place. PCMH Recognition shows that TBHC’s Family Medicine Department has tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”
To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Vasantha Kondamudi, MD, chair of TBHC’s Department of Family Medicine, 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 Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.
TBHC’s Department of Family Medicine received Level 3 Recognition—NCQA’s highest level--by meeting all of NCQA’s key components for a Patient-Centered Medical Home, including 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; and measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance.
For additional information on TBHC’s Family Medicine Center, call 718-250-8444/8621 or visit www.tbh.org.