Church Health Receives Prestigious Patient-Centered Medical Home Designation
December 2018, Memphis, TN – Church Health has earned the designation of Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent 501 nonprofit organization that works to improve health care quality through the administration of evidence-based standards, measures, programs and accreditation.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and others, and it was developed to assess whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.
Church Health’s NCQA designation applies to its clinical and integrated behavioral health programs.
“There are a handful of principles that make care patient-centered,” said Church Health founder and CEO, Dr. Scott Morris. “It starts with listening, informing and involving patients in their own care. It is ensuring that patients’ needs and values guide all clinical decisions. Patient-centered care means making access easier, involving friends and family in decision making. It’s not just writing prescriptions for pills.”
“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 Church Health has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care at the right time.”