Receives Level 3 Recognition, the Highest Achievable Level from the NCQA for Patient-Centered Medical Homes
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Middletown, N.Y. – February 26, 2013 – The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Crystal Run Healthcare has once again received Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The NCQA has designated Crystal Run Healthcare as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home, the highest level achievable for a PCMH. The same level of recognition was reached by Crystal Run in 2010; this latest recognition is again valid for three years. This recognition by the NCQA demonstrates that Crystal Run has met the program’s key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home including:
- Written standards for patient access and continuity of care
- Use of patient feedback materials
- Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information
- Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventative care
- Adaptation to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs
- Use of information technology for prescriptions, test and referral tracking and coordination with other health care providers
- Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
- Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance
“We are once again honored to receive Recognition by the NCQA for our hard work as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Maintaining our Level 3 status is paramount to our commitment to Value Based Care for our patients. It is this commitment that drives us as an organization as we continue to improve patient care and outcomes,” said Hal Teitelbaum, MD, JD, MBA, Managing Partner and CEO of Crystal Run Healthcare.
The NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home ™2011 (PCMH 2011) program recognizes health care organizations for the use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. The standards are aligned with the joint principles of the PCMH established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association. The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication with the patient. A PCMH such as Crystal Run Healthcare identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal health care providers, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits.
“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 Crystal Run Healthcare has the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”
About NCQA: 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 is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.
About Crystal Run Healthcare: Crystal Run Healthcare is a premier multi-specialty group practice, and is among the fastest growing medical practices in the country. Crystal Run Healthcare includes over 300 providers, in over 40 medical specialties with 15 practice locations focusing on the healthcare needs of the mid-Hudson Valley and lower Catskill region. Crystal Run has a strong commitment to primary care, employing an outstanding group of physicians representing the specialties of Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Practice, Geriatrics and Pediatrics. The practice also includes unsurpassed sub-specialists in a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties. Crystal Run Healthcare offers fully accredited digital radiology and laboratory services and is a national leader in the use and advancement of electronic health records (EHR). Crystal Run Healthcare is accredited by The Joint Commission and is designated by the NCQA as a Level 3 Patient Centered-Medical Home. The practice was among the first 27 health care organizations in the nation to participate as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) effective April 2012. NCQA recognition of Crystal Run as an Early Adopter seeking ACO Accreditation in January 2012 culminated in December 2012 with Crystal Run Healthcare achieving NCQA Level 2 ACO Accreditation. For more information about Crystal Run Healthcare visit our website at www.crystalrunhealthcare.com or call 845.615.6832.