Pocono Health System Medical Home Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

By Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 10/30 2013 12:54PM

Updated 10/30 2013 01:25PM

East Stroudsburg, Monroe County-The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that Pocono Health System/Pocono Internal Medicine Specialists in East Stroudsburg has received Recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. 
The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to meet the needs of the patient throughout their lifetime. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care. The PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is tended to by clinician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient’s health care needs and coordinate treatments across the health care system. Medical home clinicians also demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including open scheduling, expanded hours, and appropriate use of proven health information systems.
“The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. PCMH Recognition shows that Pocono Health System/Pocono Internal Medicine Specialists has the tools, systems, and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”

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