May 23, 2011
St. Johnsbury Pediatrics, in St. Johnsbury, has been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home Program. The Patient Centered Medical Home Standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.
“We are honored to be the first pediatric practice in Vermont to receive this recognition by NCQA,” said Dr. Mark Price. “In many ways, our practice and many pediatric practices throughout the state have long been using the medical home model to take care of patients and their families. We are excited about this opportunity.”
A patient-centered medical home is a model for providing comprehensive primary care that emphasizes a whole person orientation; care coordination across all elements of the healthcare system, including community-based services; and a team approach to providing care within the medical office, that includes the patient as a key member of the team. “We have always worked hard to make our office into a place where families can come to receive care but also have services coordinated to make sure children are receiving all that they need,” said Dr. Price.
“I am inspired by the professionals at St Johnsbury Pediatrics,” said Paul Bengtson, CEO at NVRH. “This is an outstanding achievement and represents a shining example of healthcare reform leadership at the patient-provider level. It is great to see them recognized for their excellent care.”
St. Johnsbury Pediatrics joins five other medical homes in the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital service area: Northern Counties Health Care health centers Caledonia Internal Medicine, Concord Health Center, Danville Health Center, and St. Johnsbury Family Health Center; and NVRH Corner Medical. All six patient-centered medical homes are part of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, Vermont’s cutting edge healthcare reform program. Medical offices in the Vermont Blueprint for Health work in internal teams to maximize effectiveness of all staff, and work with locally based Community Health Teams.
The medical home recognition is tied to payment reform legislation passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2010. “Earning this recognition by NCQA will allow us to provide even more services under the Medical Home Model which translates into improved patient care,” added Dr. Price.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. The NCQA Recognition Programs were developed to help physicians and practices support the delivery of high-quality care and are built on evidence-based, nationally recognized clinical standards of care. To learn more about the Patient-Centered Medical Home and the Vermont Blueprint for Health visit www.nvrh.org.