Lawrence, Kansas - August 29, 2013 - Health Care Access Clinic is the first clinic or practice in Douglas County to receive Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The clinic was notified by NCQA on Wednesday, August 28th.
The patient-centered medical home model of care emphasizes high-quality, coordinated care with a team based approach with enhanced patient access, and shared, informed decision making using evidence-based guidelines. Research confirms that medical homes lead to higher quality care, lower costs and improved experiences for both patient and provider.
NCQA is non-profit organization that has pioneered efforts to improve health care quality through measurement, transparency and accountability. NCQA’s PCMH recognition is the most widely-adopted model for transforming primary care practices into medical homes. The recognition process is a rigorous one with the transformation, documentation and application process taking an average of 24 months to complete. Health Care Access Clinic formally started the PCMH recognition process in 2011 under the leadership of then Executive Director, Nikki White. Kim Scarbrough Polson served as the PCMH lead throughout the project.
According to Shelly Wakeman, Executive Director since February 2013, “This is the culmination of more than two years of hard work, begun by Nikki White and pursued tirelessly by Kim Scarbrough Polson and the clinic nurse practitioners and staff. This says to the world that we are a center of excellence and that our patients are the focus of everything we do.”
While PCMH recognition results in a higher rate of reimbursement for practices that accept Medicare, this incentive does not apply to Health Care Access Clinic as the clinic’s mission is to provide care to those Douglas County residents with limited financial means who are not covered by private or government insurance programs.
“Health Care Access Clinic pursued PCMH recognition because it is a model of care that supports our mission and the way we want to care for our patients,” says Kim Scarbrough Polson. “It was just the right thing to do.” Brian Iverson, President of the Health Care Access Clinic Board of Directors, had this to say about the accomplishment, “I am extremely proud and thrilled that HCA has received the PCMH designation from NCQA. This honor memorializes the determination of numerous staff, providers and volunteers to deliver the highest quality service for our low-income, uninsured clients of Douglas County. Special congratulations to Kim Scarbrough Polson for her diligence and leadership in this process. Health Care Access appreciates the support of the community and is proud to continue our service to our patients.”
Contact Kim Scarbrough Polson firstname.lastname@example.org Health Care Access Clinic 330 Maine St. Lawrence, KS 66049 785-856-1672 Office / 913-530-4679 Cell