U.S. Navy photo by Paul Bello
Members of the 579th Medical Group perform an exercise in clinical care Wednesday at their clinic on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Pictured are (Left-Right) Senior Airman Lucas Jensen, medical technician; Senior Airman Kendra Riley, medical technician and Capt. Patricia Evans, family medical physician.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that the 579th Medical Group (579 MDG) of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) has received recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term participative relationships.
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 improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care. The PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits.
"Our clinical focus at the 579 MDG is primary care. By focusing on primary care, we empower everyone on JBAB to reach optimal health. The award of NCQA level 3 recognition shows patients we are reaching towards our vision to be the National Capital Region’s home for world class primary care," said Col. Kathryn Tate, 579 MDG commander.
Each patient’s care is tended to by clinician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient’s 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 the 579 MDG 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, the 579 MDG has demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home. The standards are 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.
The 579 MDG has 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 patient’s 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