Allied Pediatrics of New York, one of the largest private medical practices in the New York metropolitan area today announced that the majority of its 27 offices have received Level 3 recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program, with the balance of its offices pending. This recognition comes as a result of Allied’s use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term relationships. Allied Pediatrics is the largest private medical group in the New York metropolitan area to be so recognized.
The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into what patients want it to be. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care. The NCQA PCMH Recognition program identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, rather than treating patient care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is delivered by clinician-led care teams that provide all 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 raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “PCMH Recognition shows that Allied Pediatrics of New York has the 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, Allied Pediatrics demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. Standards align 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.
“Allied Pediatrics is gratified to be recognized in such a substantial and important way,” said Gary Mirkin, MD, CEO of Allied Pediatrics of New York. “As the largest private medical group in the New York metropolitan area to be so recognized — and to have the majority of our 27 offices recertified as Level Three providers with the balance pending — is an accomplishment we are very proud of. The benefit to the families and patients we serve cannot be overestimated.”
Allied Pediatrics met key program components in the following areas:
- Written standards for patient access and continuity of care.
- Use of patient feedback materials.
- Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information.
- Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care for individual patients and for the entire patient population.
- Adaptation to patients’ cultural and linguistic needs.
- Use of information technology for prescriptions, test and referral tracking and coordination with other health care providers.
- Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions.
- Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance.
To find clinicians and their practices that have been recognized by the NCQA PCMH 2011 Recognition program, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org.
ABOUT ALLIED PEDIATRICS OF NEW YORK PLLC
Allied Pediatrics is a private partnership of more than 100 dedicated physicians and 500 highly trained staff serving 150,000 patients in greater New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. As a professional, well established, privately-owned organization with a proven track record, Allied is comprised of many of the highest quality and well-known physicians in the region. For more information, visit Allied Physicians Group.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.