Memorial Physician Services-Lincoln
recertified as Patient-Centered Medical Home
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[May 25, 2016]
- For the second time, Memorial Physician Services-Lincoln was
recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home, the highest level
possible, by the National Committee for Quality Assistance (NCQA)
Patient-Centered Medical Home 2014 (PCMH 2014) program.
The designation, which is valid for three years, recognizes Memorial
Physician Services-Lincoln for using evidence-based,
patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and
long-term relationships. The clinic first earned the designation in
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 that can improve patients’ and providers’
reported experiences of care.
“Patient-centered medical homes have been rapidly gaining momentum
and attention as an innovative approach to primary care,” said Dr.
Gerald Suchomski, medical director of quality programs for Memorial
Physician Services. “The intent is to offer more personalized,
coordinated, effective and efficient care.”
The designation puts Memorial Physician Services-Lincoln on par with
a small but elite group of healthcare providers nationwide that have
been able to achieve Level 3 status, Suchomski said.
The NCQA PCMH 2014 Recognition program identifies practices that
promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal
healthcare providers, rather than treating patient care as the sum
of episodic office visits.
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Each patient’s care at Memorial Physician Services-Lincoln is delivered by
physician-led care teams that provide all health care needs and coordinate
treatment across the health care system, Suchomski said.
NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care
quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations
and recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.
In addition to Lincoln, Memorial Physician Services has primary-care clinics in
Springfield, Chatham, Jacksonville and Petersburg. The other primary-care
locations were also recognized.
[Michael Leathers, MHS Public