WASHINGTON, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that Physicians East Internal Medicine Practices in Beulaville, Farmville, Greenville, Grifton, Kinston, and Winterville have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Physicians East has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Physicians East demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards 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.
To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visithttp://recognition.ncqa.org.
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’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.
About Physicians East
Physicians East, PA is eastern North Carolina’s largest private medical-surgical, multi-specialty health care practice with over ninety providers caring for patients in Greenville, Farmville, Winterville, Grifton, Kinston and Beulaville. Physicians East offers Primary Care services at six of their ten locations. Sub-specialists include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious disease, oncology, obstetrics, pulmonary care, rheumatology, sleep medicine, colorectal and general surgery. Physicians East operates its own AAAHC (Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.) surgical endoscopy center, a Sleep Center, a Surgical Weight Loss Center, a fully-staffed Urgent Care Center with on-site x-ray and laboratory services for walk-in and after hours care, and provides outreach services in nearby community hospitals.