All Beebe Medical Group Primary Care Practices Earn National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care: NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that all nine of the Beebe Medical Group Primary Care Practices of Southern Delaware have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the healthcare system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.
This has been a tremendous accomplishment for the Beebe Medical Group PCMH team led by Dr. John E. Hale, Medical Director, Primary Care and Emily Oakes, Clinical Support Manager. This process normally takes up to two years to accomplish and our team completed the process in just 8 months, with the incredible engagement of all our primary care providers. Obtaining this certification is a reflection of the dedication and high-quality care provided by our primary care team.
“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 Beebe Medical Group’s Primary Care Practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Beebe Medical Group’s Primary Care Practices demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards 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.
To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit https://recognition.ncqa.org.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. Beebe Medical Group, the employed physician entity under Beebe Healthcare, is currently comprised of 19 medical specialties in 25 locations throughout southern Delaware, with more than 122 medical providers and 181 support staff.
Beebe Medical Group providers include the specialties of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Audiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine, OB/GYN, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology, and Cardiac Surgery. Beebe Medical Group also includes four Walk-in clinics and Hospital-based providers in Hospital Medicine. For more information, visit https://www.beebemedicalgroup.org.