Westhampton Primary Care Earns NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Certification
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has certified Westhampton Primary Care a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home
The certification culminates 7 months of work that involved re-engineering processes/workflows, quality performance improvement, training and data collection. NCQA is a private 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to improving healthcare quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the healthcare system, helping to elevate the issue of healthcare quality to the top of the national agenda.
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a model of care that aims to transform the delivery of comprehensive primary care to children, adolescents, and adults. Through the medical home model, practices seek to provide access to basic medical care, manage health disparities, coordinate care, control costs, and respond to each patient’s unique needs and preferences. The principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home—as developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Osteopathic Association—guarantee that patients will have access to a personal physician who leads the care team within practice; the care team provides comprehensive care at all stages of life, including acute care, chronic care, preventive services, and end-of-life; the practice provides integrated and coordinated care in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner; the focus is on quality and safety to continually improve patient outcomes.