Ministry Medical Group clinics in Tomahawk, Stevens Point and Waupaca have received national recognition for their medical home models by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). They have received Level 3 Physician Practice Connections – Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (PPC-PCMH™).
The award recognizes primary care practices that function as patient-centered medical homes, where each patient is at the center of his/her care and has an ongoing relationship with a personal provider who leads a team that takes collective responsibility for patient care.
Ministry Medical Group launched three medical home pilot sites in 2011. Since then, many of their clinics have begun transitioning to this model, which consist of physicians partnered with advanced practice providers, RN case managers who coordinate chronic disease management, patient service representatives, health care associates and a behavioral health specialist.
Dr. Ronald Cortee says, “This certification is a significant milestone for us. Lots of hard work has been accomplished by our staff at each of our sites. Our common goal is to not only meet the requirements for certification but to exceed them as a part of our ongoing work in making the health care experience the best it can be for our patients.”
Some of the areas PPC-PCMH measure include patient tracking and registry functions; access and communication; care management; patient self-management support; electronic prescribing; test tracking; referral tracking; performance reporting and improvement, and advanced electronic communications.