Crozer Pediatrics Celebrates ‘Patient-Centered Medical Home’ Recognition
Physicians and staff from the Crozer Pediatrics practice celebrate earning
"patient-centered medical home" recognition from the National Committee
for Quality Assurance.
The Crozer Pediatrics practice recently received the highest level of recognition (Level III) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) under its Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) Program. The practice joined 30 other Crozer-Keystone Health Network primary care physician practices that have achieved this recognition.
As a medical home, a primary care practice serves as a central source for all of a patient’s healthcare needs, coordinating and integrating any interface with other specialists, maintaining electronic medical records, prompting follow-up visits and developing a strong relationship with the patient overall. Having recognized the transformative power of this concept, the Crozer-Keystone Health Network is leading the way in creating a new generation of medical home practices.
PPC-PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is tended to by a physician-led care team, which provides for all the patient’s healthcare needs and coordinates treatments across the healthcare system. Medical home physicians provide superior, patient-centered care through practices such as open scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health information systems.
“Congratulations to Crozer Pediatrics for embracing the medical home concept and working diligently to achieve this recognition. Working together with our outstanding information services team, the practice has streamlined all of its processes to provide the best possible patient care,” says Jim Stuccio, president of the Crozer-Keystone Health Network.
“I’m very proud of everyone in our practice for all of the work that went into achieving this recognition. It was truly a team effort, and our patients will benefit from all of their hard work,” says Christopher Stenberg, M.B.Ch.B., FAAP, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Crozer;
In addition to Stenberg, physicians in the practice include Kelly Bradley-Dodds, M.D., director of the Pediatric Residency Program; Maria Farias, M.D.; Emily Fingado, M.D.; Rima Himelstein, M.D.; Eli Lourie, M.D.; Robert Noll, M.D.; Vatsala Ramprasad, M.D.; and Erin Schnepp, D.O.
NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical areas.