HUNTER HEALTH RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR HIGH-QUALITY, PATIENT-CENTERED CARE

Wichita, KS - Hunter Health has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home Program (PCMH).

“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 Hunter Health has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and others. It was developed to assess whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

As part of the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, Hunter Health also received Behavioral Health Integration Distinction.

Primary care practices that earn NCQA's Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration have put the right resources, evidence-based protocols, standardized tools and quality measures in place to support the broad needs of patients with behavioral health conditions.

 “Many times behavioral health conditions are first identified by a primary care provider,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, NCQA President. “So adding behavioral health care services in a primary care setting is a real opportunity for patients. It knocks down barriers to behavioral care and improves overall health.”

“We are very proud of this recognition by the NCQA. Our staff and medical providers have worked diligently to achieve the high standards set forth in the PCMH program,” said Amy Feimer, CEO. “This recognition is a result of our persistent dedication to quality and our continued focus on patient-centered care.”

 

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About Hunter Health: Hunter Health provides comprehensive, integrated healthcare services including medical, dental and behavioral health. Founded in 1976, Hunter Health exists to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community. Hunter Health was Kansas’s first Federally Qualified Health Center and it is the only Urban Indian Health Center in the State.  Learn more at www.hunterhealth.org.

About National Committee for Quality Assurance: NCQA is a private, nonprofit 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 website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.