Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island’s Internal Medicine Center recently garnered NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Level 2 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in acknowledgement of its patient-centered and evidence-based processes that emphasize coordinated care. According to a representative from the Internal Medicine Center, the organization was pleased that its efforts to practice patient-centered care earned NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, which involves a three-year accreditation process.
A philosophy of primary care intended to cultivate patient-centered excellence, the “medical home” concept focuses on blending information technology and teamwork to improve the patient experience and the quality of care while also reducing costs. Medical homes promote ongoing relationships between clinicians and patients rather than episodic office visits. To earn the NCQA medical home accreditation, centers must demonstrate care that is coordinated, accessible, comprehensive, and centered on the patient.